DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
Anderson Saves 3 MPs Vs Roddick In Delray Beach; Isner Advances
Delray Beach, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seed Kevin Anderson saved three match points in a second set tie-break before edging fourth-seeded Andy Roddick 2-6, 7-6(9), 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Friday evening.
Anderson broke Roddick to begin the third set, and while he relinquished the break advantage three games later, he converted a second break to take a 3-2 lead. Anderson held his nerve to serve out the quarter-final meeting in two hours and 33 minutes.
The South African, now 2-2 versus Roddick, is looking to win his second title after triumphing in Johannesburg last year (d. Devvarman). Anderson will take on top seed John Isner on Saturday. He is 2-3 against Isner, but claimed their most recent meeting at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
The 11th-ranked Isner moved swiftly into the semi-finals, dismissing No. 8 seed Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2. The American converted four of his five break point opportunities against the 19-year-old Australian to claim victory in just 56 minutes. The two were meeting for first time.
Isner, making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 event this week, is aiming to win his first title of the season.
After dropping the second set tie-break, the top-ranked Israeli rolled past Kohlschreiber, winning 64 per cent of his return points to break the German three times in the third set. He sealed the win in just over two hours to pull even with Kohlschreiber 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head 2 Head series.
The Israeli is into the final four at an event for the first time since reaching the Aircel Chennai Open semi-finals in 2010. The 26-year-old Sela is bidding to contest his second final, having finished runner-up at the 2008 China Open in Beijing.
Matosevic won 33 of his 38 first serve points, and capitalised on five of 10 break opportunities to advance in one hour and 32 minutes.
Sela defeated Matosevic in his Delray Beach opener last year in the pair's only previous meeting.