APIA INTERNATIONAL 2013
Anderson, Benneteau Set Sydney SF Clash
by ATP Staff|
The 26-year-old South African won 74 per cent of his first serve points in his first meeting against the World No. 46.
The 2012 finalist did not face a break point and won 81 percent of his first serve points in his first match against the American.
Benneteau holds a 2-0 FedExt ATP Head2Head advantage over Anderson, though the duo have not clashed since 2010.
Anderson said he was pleased with his performance in the year-to-date, and paid credit to his improved confidence at the net.
"It just requires time spent during matches venturing up there more and more often. I think as time goes on I start to feel more comfortable doing that," Anderson said.
"If you don't hit a great shot or hit a finishing volley, you're almost like you're a sitting duck at the net sometimes. I think you just have to be very selective when you choose to come to the net," he mused.
The 31-year-old Benneteau, who will be seeded at next week's Australian Open due to John Isner's withdrawal, said he hoped to maintain his unbeaten record against Anderson.
"He's playing good, he's a dangerous player with a very big serve but I know I can beat him, so I am confident," the Frenchman said.