Anderson, Klaasen in action at Rome Masters

South Africa’s best tennis players are in action this week at the Rome Masters, which is an ATP 1000 event.
SA No 1 Kevin Anderson and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen both prepare with the hope of finding some glory as the European summer begins and more importantly, they pursue the road which leads to the French Open.
Kevin Anderson has continued his good form as he stormed into the prestigious tournament after his first 2017 semi-final appearance in Estoril last week.
Anderson qualified by knocking out local favourite Lucas Vanni 4-6 6-1 6-2.
He then cruised to a comfortable two-set victory over the young American and next-generation contender Ernesto Escobedo.
Anderson showed his level as a former top-10 player, as Escobedo is ranked 78, which is relatively close to Anderson’s current ranking of 63.
The tall South African has set up a meeting with 16th seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday.
Klaasen and his American partner Rajeev Ram are seeded sixth at the event. After a tough draw in Madrid last week, they suffered a devastating loss to the controversial Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock, who are ranked 16th and 14th respectively in singles.
This week does not look easier for the pair, as they are likely to encounter Kyrgios again, as he has paired up with Fabio Fognini.
Fognini is considered to be one of a handful of players who has the potential to beat the king of clay himself, Rafael Nadal.
However, the new duo Kyrgios/Fognini first have to get past the doubles specialist pair of Oliver Marach of Austria and Croatia’s Mate Pavic.
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