South Africa’s Kevin Anderson bowed out of the Western & Southern Open after a second-round defeat to 4th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.
The world no.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3 to reach the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
Stefanos Tsitsipas looked sharp from the early stages of the 69-minute match, putting pressure on Kevin Anderson by attacking his second serve. The Greek was aggressive when provided an opportunity, also taking advantage of unforced errors from his 34-year-old opponent. The fourth seed broke serve four times, saving all three break points he faced.
The key moment came at 2-2 in the second set, when Tsitsipas faced 0/40 on his serve. Kevin Anderson crushed a forehand return up the line in the ad court, putting Stefanos Tsitsipas on the back foot. But the Greek recovered with a crafty passing shot to his 6’8″ opponent’s feet, eventually winning the point. Anderson then made errors on the next two points, allowing Tsitsipas to escape that game.
South Africa’s other singles contestant, Lloyd Harris, lost in the first round to American Taylor Fritz on Saturday. In the men’s doubles, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his Austrian partner Oliver Marach (seeded 7th) will face Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) and Horia Tecau (ROU) on Monday for a place in the quarter-final round.
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