Anderson Saves Match Points In Kyrgios Upset
South African sends down 24 aces to book Troicki clash
Kevin Anderson fended off two match points to spring the upset on #NextGen star Nick Kyrgios at the Chengdu Open on Thursday. In a battle of big servers, the South African surged back to book a quarter-final showdown with Viktor Troicki, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2.
Anderson finished with 24 aces to the second-seeded Australian’s 21 and dropped just eight points on his first serve in the one-hour, 34-minute second-round affair. Anderson trailed a set and was staring down defeat when he dropped consecutive points to fall behind 4/6 in the second-set tie-break. But he then reeled off four straight points to level the match.
Anderson served out the contest to book his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. He will carry a 2-1 FedEx Head2Head record into his match with sixth-seed Troicki.
The Serbian won through to his sixth ATP World Tour quarter-final of 2016 after claiming his first win over Marcos Baghdatis in six years. The sixth seed ground out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 result in one hour and 47 minutes.
Baghdatis had won four of his previous five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Troicki, including the past three. But he was coming off a three-hour-plus victory over Pablo Carreno Busta from the day before, in stark contrast to the one hour and 13 minutes Troicki had spent seeing off Norwegian wild card Casper Ruud. Troicki finished stronger against Baghdatis in the final set, dropping just one point on serve and breaking twice to seal the result.
Doubles Semi-finals Set
Top seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram advanced to the doubles semi-finals with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victory over unseeded Kyrgios and Troicki. The South African-American pairing will next meet unseeded Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak, who progressed with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Indians Purav Raja and Divij Sharan.
Adil Shamasdin and Andreas Siljestrom also reached the last four with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. They will face fourth seeds Pablo Carreno Busta and Mariusz Fyrstenberg for a place in the final. The Spanish-Polish tandem had a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dusan Lajovic and Joao Sousa.