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Anderson Kicks Into Gear To Reach Fourth Round

South African the highest seed remaining in his quarter

Kevin Anderson put on a serving clinic to edge past Argentine Nicolas Kicker into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. The South African seventh seed sent down 22 aces to his opponent’s one in the 7-6(1), 7-6(3) result.

Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up, has twice reached the quarter-finals in the Californian desert (2013 and 2014). He will look to extend his perfect 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against last year’s Indian Wells semi-finalist, No. 11 seed Pablo Carreno Busta (l. Wawrinka). 

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The South African defeated the Spaniard in last year’s US Open semi-finals. His defeat of Kicker, No. 94 in the ATP Rankings, ended an impressive Indian Wells debut for the Argentine, after his upset of No. 26 seed Damir Dzumhur in the previous round.

Carreno Busta survived a comeback by this year’s Sydney champion, Daniil Medvedev, 6-1, 7-5 to win his sixth match in his past seven in Indian Wells. It is proving to be a turnaround tournament for the Spaniard, who had lost three of his past four matches before arriving in the Coachella Valley. 

He has now beaten two in-form players after eliminating Horacio Zeballos — last week’s semi-finalist in Sao Paulo — before ousting Medvedev. Anderson and Carreno Busta are the only two seeds remaining in their quarter with the winner to face eith Taylor Fritz or Borna Coric in the quarter-finals.

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