Kevin Anderson returned to Pista 2 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday and left it as he did the first round ÔÇô victorious.
Our top-ranked tennis player beat little-known Argentinian Federico Delbonis in straight sets 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5) to reach the third round, writes Mark Etheridge.
He needed just under two hours to defeat Delbonis. With aces hard to come by on the slow clay-court surface, honours were shared at five apiece, as was the double-fault count (2-2).
In fact the match was probably a lot closer than Anderson, ranked 32nd on the ATP Tour rankings, would have liked. Their first service percentage was also identical at 71% each.
Anderson edged the first serve points won (84% to 60%) but Delbonis won more second serve points (60% to 50%).
Both players had their service broken on one occasion during the match.
Anderson will be in action again on Thursday when he takes on 20th ranked Fernando Velasco.
The two have only met on one occasion, and on the same surface as this tournament is being played on. Velasco won a three-setter, 6-7 6-2 6-3 in Estoril, Portugal last year.
Verdasco, who had a first round bye, is seeded ninth for the tournament compared to Anderson’s 13th.