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11th Time lucky As Kevin Anderson Roars Into First Masters Semi-Final In Madrid

Kevin Anderson has achieved a brand new milestone is his career at the age of 31!

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MADRID: Kevin Anderson has broken new ground on the tour following his 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3, win over Dusan Lajovic at the Madrid Open.

 

Despite being the favourite going into the match, the South African sixth seed has never progressed to the last four of a Masters 1000 event. Falling in the quarter-finals on ten previous occasions. He managed to break his jinx against Lajovic, who knocked out Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. Hitting a total of 35 winners against 29 unforced errors.

“I think I did a good job because I didn’t really think of it too much. I had lots of reason to think about it. (missing the semifinals in) Indian Wells and Miami, not that long ago.” Anderson said about reaching the last four in Madrid.
“I knew the opportunity existed today. I thought first step was putting myself in that position. I was able to do that. Going out there today, I just really focused on what I needed to do. Thinking too much about previous results is not going to do me too much good, outside of the fact that, sure, there was motivation to get through.

Capitalizing on Madrid’s high altitude, Anderson managed to keep within contention throughout the match with the help of some blistering serving. Aided by a total of 15 aces. During the first set, the South African grabbed his first break after a Lajovic forehand slammed into a net to move him to a 4-2 lead. Despite securing a lead, Anderson lost the advantage immediately after an error-stricken service game cost him. Despite the setback, the sixth seed regained control in the tiebreaker against a frustrated Lajovic. Who disputed some of the calls made by the officials. Anderson then moved to four set points with the help of a forehand cross-court shot, before converting his second thanks to an error from his rival.

Lajovic’s resurgence started midway through the middle set. Once again a lackluster Anderson service game cost him dearly as a double fault gifted his opponent the break. This time round the South African was unable to find a way to fight back against some spirited play from his opponent. Enabling the world No.95 to take the proceedings into a decider with the help of back-to-back mistakes from Anderson.

Dodging the shock upset, the 31-year-old managed to regain his composure to close out the milestone win. Breaking to love in the decider on his way to the finish line. The win was then eventually sealed on the 132nd minute of the match when Lajovic failed to get a return back over the net.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing on the clay. Obviously the movement’s a little bit tougher. But I think a lot of the surface actually suits my game nicely. The ball usually kicks up a little bit more. I think it helps my serve, gives me a little bit more time from the baseline.” The world No.8 explained.

Describing his preparations heading into the clay court swing as ‘good,’ Anderson insisted that he has trained no different to playing on any other surface.  So far, only one of his 16 ATP finals has been contested on the dirt. That was back in 2013 when he lost in the final of Grand Prix Hassan to II to Tommy Robredo.

“For the most part I worked really hard on many aspects of my game: trying to impose myself more, have more trust in my game.” Said Anderson.
“I’ve worked really hard on the mental side of my game. Whether it was on the hard courts so far this year or coming onto the clay, I feel like it’s been a constant theme for me.”

In the semifinals, the US Open runner-up will take on either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem. In the head-to-head, Anderson trails Nadal 0-5, but leads Thiem 6-0.

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Felix Auger Aliassime saves three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert in Marseille

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Felix Auger Aliassime saved three match points to beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-0 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (11-9) after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Auger Aliassime did not convert a match point in the tie-break of the second set before clinching the win on his sixth match point to advance to the quarter final in Marseille. The young Canadian player hit 16 aces and won 85 % of his first serve points.

Herbert hit a tweener lob on set point in the second set to force the match to the third set. Auger Aliassime hit an overhead into the open court at 6-6 in the tie-break in the third set. Herbert hit a forehand pass down the line to earn a match point on his serve, but he did not convert it, as he hit a backhand into the net.

Auger Aliassime saved two more match points at 5-6 and 7-8 in the tie-break with his forehand and an unretured serve, before sealing the win with an ace.

The Canadian Next Gen player will face this year’s Pune finalist Egor Gerasimov, who broke three times in his 6-4 7-6 (7-5) win over David Goffin.

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Danil Medvedev rallies from slow start to beat Jannik Sinner in Marseille

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Danil Medvedev rallied from one set down to edge Jannik Sinner 1-6 6-1 6-2 after 1 hour and 22 minutes. Medvedev dropped his serve twice but broke serve four times.

 

Sinner earned two breaks in the second and sixth game earning the chance to serve for the set. The Italian 18-year-old player served out the first set at 30 in the seventh game.

Sinner saved a break point in the second game, but he dropped his serve in the fourth game to trail 1-3. Medvedev got a double break at 15 and served out the second set in the seventh game at love. Medvedev started the third set with an early break. The Moscow-native broke for the second time in the third game to take a 3-0 lead and held his next three service games easily to cruise through to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Shapovalov will face Gilles Simon, who advanced to the quarter final after beating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (8-6) 6-4.

Denis Shapovalov beat Marin Cilic 6-4 4-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 1 minute to reach the quarter final at the Open 13 in Marseille.

Shapovalov made two double faults and converted three of his nine break points. Cilic made five double faults and converted one of his seven break points.

Shapovalov converted his third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. The Canadian player held his next service games and served out the first set 6-4 after saving four break points in the 10th game.

Cilic saved two break points to hold serve at deuce and earned his only break in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4.

Shapovalov broke serve twice in the first and fifth games to win the third set 6-2 setting up a quarter final against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik, who rallied from one set down to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 3-6 6-4 6-4.

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Christian Garin beats Federico Delbonis to reach the quarter final in Rio de Janeiro

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Third seed Christian Garin beat Federico Delbonis 6-4 6-3 after 1 hour and 37 miuntes to reach the quarter final at the ATP 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Chilean player has extended his winning streak to six consecutive matches, which includes his first title of the year in Cordoba.

Garin dropped 13 points in nine service games and did not face any break points. He converted three of his seven break points and sealed the win after Delbonis made a double fault.

Garin will face Argentine qualifier Federico Coria, who defeated Spanish 16-year-old rising star Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 4-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 17 minutes. Coria saved 10 of the 14 break point chances he faced and broke serve five times. Alcaraz made his main draw debut in Rio de Janeiro beating Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 4-6 7-6 in 3 hours and 36 minutes earlier this week.

Coria fended off five break point chances and broke serve at 4-4 in the opening set after a double fault from Alcaraz. Coria saved a break point in the next game with a service winner. The Argentine player sealed the first set 6-4 with another service winner.

Alcaraz earned a double break to open up a 5-0 lead in the second set. Coria pulled back both breaks in the seventh and ninth games to claw his way back to 4-5. Alcaraz earned another break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Both players traded breaks in the opening two games of the third set. Coria earned another break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and closed out the match with a hold in the 10th game.

Hungary’s Attila Balazs came back from one set down to beat Thiago Monteiro 1-6 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Monteiro earned three consecutive breaks to win the first set 6-1. Balazs came back in the second set by breaking three times to win the second set 6-1.

Balasz broke serve in the sixth game of the decider to take a 5-2 lead. Monteiro got the break back and held his serve to claw his way back to 3-5. Balazs earned another break t win the decider 6-4.

Qualifier Pedro Martinez cruised past Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4 after 1 hour and 26 minutes. Martinez earned a break in the fourth game of the opening set when Andujar made a forehand error. Martinez broke for the second time to race out to a 4-1 lead and saved two break points in the next game to clinch the first set 6-1.

Martinez hit a backhand down the line winner in the third game of the second set and closed out the match with a service winner in the 10th game. Martinez has a record of 5 wins to 3 losses in his eight matches this year.

 

 

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