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.
“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.
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