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Anderson Blasts Into Toronto Quarters, Will Face Dimitrov

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Anderson© Getty ImagesKevin Anderson denied Stan Wawrinka a spot in the Toronto quarter-finals on Thursday.

Kevin Anderson fired 29 winners and 11 aces en route to a third round upset of No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

The big-hitting South African prevailed 7-6(8), 7-5 in one hour and 44 minutes, recording his 30th match win of the season. He advances to his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final and second of the year, having also ousted Wawrinka in the Round of 16 in Indian Wells.

The 28 year old, who is coming off a quarter-final finish at the Citi Open, became the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 2000 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon last month (l. to Murray).

Wawrinka, who served at 41 per cent for the match, was seeking a second Masters 1000 crown of the year following an impressive title run on the clay of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

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World No. 21 Anderson will next face seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov for the first time since their title bout at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel earlier this year. The Bulgarian leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series 4-1.

Dimitrov held off Tommy Robredo on Thursday, prevailing 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes. Robredo stormed back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set, breaking twice to force a decider. Dimitrov would stay the course in the third, eventually converting on his second match point for the victory.

"It's never easy when you play against Tommy," said Dimitrov. "He's an unbelievable competitor. Even when I was up a set and 4-2, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy finish. After losing the second set, I lost the momentum of the match, so I had to work for it a little bit more. I'm happy the way I finished."

Looking ahead to the clash with Anderson, Dimitrov added, "I know I'm in a good position right now. He obviously had a good win today against Stan. Tomorrow's another day, another match. I like my chances."

The 23-year-old is competing in his first tournament since reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month. He registered his best result at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event earlier this year, advancing to the semis on the clay courts of Rome.

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