Anderson disposes of South Korean upstart Chung

File: South African tennis player Kevin Anderson Photo: PEDRO PARDO / AFP

ACAPULCO - South Africa's Kevin Anderson reached his third semifinal on the ATP world tour this season after he disposed of the South Korean upstart Hyeon Chung 7-6 (5) 6-4 in their Mexican Open quarterfinal showdown in Acapulco on Thursday (Friday morning SA time).

The world no 8 Anderson's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be the 21-year-old American Jared Donaldson who hovers around the 50s on the world rankings. He is one of the rising stars on the world circuit.

The 3rd-seeded Anderson admitted afterwards that his win was a close call against Chung, the reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion. He managed to save six of the seven break points he faced in the match.

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“I felt the first set was really touch and go,” Anderson said. “I had to save quite a few breakpoints. I felt I played some of my best tennis down on those breakpoints.

“I think that first-set tie-break was really key. I did very well to reset (in the second set0, break him straight back at 4-all to go 5-4, and then played a good service game to serve it out.”

Anderson, the 2014 runner-up there, served 18 aces and retained a strong focus when the pressure mounted late in the second set.

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The unseeded Donaldson was hugely impressive against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez as he ground out a convincing 6-3 6-1 win.

Donaldson will be playing in his first ATP World Tour semifinal.

African News Agency

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