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South African players lost in their doubles matches, but the number one is on a winning streak, and is looking like a strong contender for the title.
KEVIN Anderson continued his action-packed assault on his opposition on day four of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino, convincing fans that he is a serious contender for the 2011 title.


Kevin Anderson is giving spectators at the SA Tennis Open an excellent show (Photo: Reg Codelcott)Kevin Anderson is givig his fans at the SA Tennis Open an excellent show (Photo: Reg Caldecott)Anderson played Israel’s Dudi Sela, and once again gave spectators a spine-tingling show. He took the match in two sets 6-2 6-4, not giving Sela a chance to retaliate.

Wild card Fritz Wolmarans finally stalled in his pursuit of the cup, losing to persistent Canadian Frank Dancevic, who also took down last year’s winner, Feliciano Lopez from Spain. The South African put up a fight, but could not keep up the pace and suffered defeat 7-6(4) 6-3.

The doubles matches of the day did not fare any better for the local lads. Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe were struck down by the dynamic American duo Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram, who walked away with a 7-6(5) 6-3 win.

French player Adrian Mannarino gave Denis Gremelmayr from Germany the runaround, and managed to triumph after three sets 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4. Slovakian contender Karol Beck gained ground after a sluggish start and sent Japan’s Go Soeda packing 3-6 7-5 6-0.

The other doubles games saw hard-fought battles ending in disappointment for Polish pair Michal Przysiezny and Tomasz Bednarek; Serbian and Chinese Taipei teammates Janko Tipsarevic and Yen-Hsun Lu; and David Martin from the USA and his partner Somdev Devvarman from India.

Przysiezny and Bednarek were unceremoniously beaten by Canadian Adil Shamasdin and American James Cerretani 6-1 6-3. Yen-Hsun Lu, who is now completely out of the competition, and his partner Tipsarevic suffered much the same fate at the hands of Brit James Murray and Austrian Alexander Peya, losing 6-3 6-4.

Martin and Devvarman struggled valiantly, but could not overcome Sela and Slovakian Karol Beck. They won 6-3 1-2 1-0.

As the field is narrowed and the final draws nearer, the competition grows fiercer. Day five will throw up some serious scraps as the South Africans try to wrestle their way to the top. The line-up for the day’s brawls is:

Centre Court
Starts at 2pm

Izak Van Der Merwe (South Africa) vs Simon Greul (Germany)
Rik de Voest (South Africa) vs Somdev Devvarman (India)
Not before 6pm

Frank Dancevic (Canada) vs Adrian Mannarino (France)
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs Karol Beck (Slovakia)
Scott Lipsky (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) vs James Murray (Great Britain) / Alexander Peya (Austria)
The games are broadcast on SuperSport 6, and minute-by-minute scoring is available on the Open website, which also has updates on the daily order of play and results of games.

If watching battles of wills and racquets is on your bucket list, tickets are available from Computicket or the Montecasino box office and range from R80 to R200 for the finals on Saturday and Sunday.

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