ATP Tour

Anderson sets up Wawrinka quarter-final

2016-07-29 07:39
Kevin Anderson (AP)

Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reached the quarter-finals of the Toronto Masters after beating Australia’s Bernard Tomic on Thursday.

The South African No 1 rallied from behind to win his third-round match over No 12 seed Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

It was Anderson’s first win over Tomic on the ATP World Tour, having carried a 4-0 losing record into the encounter.

On Friday, Anderson will face two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

Wawrinka defeated America’s Jack Sock 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in their Round of 16 encounter.

Interestingly, Anderson and the Swiss are even in their head-to-head rivalry at 4-4.

Anderson has won four of their past five matches, but Wawrinka won their most recent encounter in the quarter-finals of last year’s US Open.

The 30-year-old Anderson has endured a troublesome, injury-plagued year which has seen him struggle to win matches.

He is currently ranked No 34 on the ATP World Tour rankings - a significant drop in rankings after cracking the Top 10 in October last year.

Results on Thursday'a third round in the Toronto ATP Masters hardcourt tennis tournament (x denotes seeded player):

Milos Raonic (CAN x4) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Kei Nishikori (JPN x3) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS x12) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x2) bt Jack Sock (USA x16) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Gael Monfils (FRA x10) bt David Goffin (BEL x7) 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3, 7-5

Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4

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