SA's Anderson eases into second round at US Open


South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns against US player Sam Querrey during their men's singles fourth round match on the seventh day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Kevin Anderson beat American JC Aragone in straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-1 in the first round of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, USA, on Monday.

Anderson, seeded 28th, needed just one hour and 43 minutes to overcome his unseeded opponent.

The South African boasted a typically powerful service game, winning a staggering 87 percent of points on his first serve in the match. He also sent down 22 aces, to the four managed by Aragone.

The 31-year-old Anderson averaged 198km per hour on his first serve, with his fastest serve clocked at a scorching 212km per hour.

Anderson will play the winner of Alessandro Giannessi of Italy and Ernests Gulbis in the second round.

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A mostly healthy Anderson has boasted improved form this season moving to 32 in the ATP rankings, after battling much of 2016 with injury.

The SA player made it to the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open recently before being eliminated. It was then onto his first final in two years at the Citi Open, where he lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev for the title in the first week of August.

Anderson is again heading in the right direction of the rankings, helped in part by also making the last-16 at Wimbledon in July, after dropping to 80th in January after battling with injury last season. The big-serving Anderson reached a career high of 10th in the ATP singles rankings in October 2015.

Due to late withdrawals on Saturday, after the draw was made, several players (including number seed Andy Murray) were replaced in the main draw. As a result, Roger Federer could face number one seed Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.