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Anderson, Benneteau Set Sydney SF Clash

Sydney, Australia

Benneteau© SMP ImagesJulien Benneteau didn't face a break point in his quarter-final against Ryan Harrison

Unseeded Kevin Anderson is through to the semi-finals of the Apia International Sydney after dismantling Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday. 

The 26-year-old South African won 74 per cent of his first serve points in his first meeting against the World No. 46.

Anderson will meet Julien Benneteau in Friday's semi-final after the Frenchman dispatched qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 12 minutes.

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.

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