Tennis: Anderson ousts Matosevic to reach Delray semis
Published on Feb 22, 2014 6:11 AM
DELRAY BEACH, United States (AFP) - South African fourth seed Kevin Anderson rallied to reach the semi-finals of the US$474,000 (S$600,724) ATP Delray Beach Open on Friday by ousting Australian Marinko Matosevic in a rematch of the 2012 final.
Anderson fired 10 aces and connected on 61 percent of his first serves in a 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-3 victory over his 55th-ranked rival, who had nine aces but also six double-faults and only a 49 percent first-serve success rate.
Seeking his second Delray Beach title in three years and third ATP career crown, Anderson advanced to a Saturday matchup with US qualifier Steve Johnson, who eliminated Spanish sixth seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-2 in 73 minutes.
Anderson, who lives nearby, surrendered only one break over two hours and 23 minutes in improving to 12-3 all time at Delray Beach and 3-0 against Matosevic.
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