Kevin Anderson fended off two match points to spring an upset on 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.
And if that wasn’t enough a few hours later Raven Klaasen and his American doubles partner Rajeev Ram give Kyrgios his second “warm klap” !