Tennis

Anderson advances at Delray

2011-02-22 21:36
Kevin Anderson (AFP)

Delray Beach - South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson rallied to beat US lucky loser Donald Young, advancing to the second round of the $442,500 ATP Delray Beach International Championships on Tuesday

Anderson fought back to eliminate Young 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 after two hours and 30 minutes, booking a second-round match against Frenchman Florent Serra.

Japan's Kei Nishikori also opened with a victory, downing Argentina's Brian Dabul 6-2, 7-6 (7/5). He will next face US wild card James Blake, who ousted German seventh seed Benjamin Becker on Monday.

Croatia's Ivan Dodig also reached the second round, dispatching Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Dodig will face the winner of a later match between Israel's Dudi Sela and Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic.

Matosevic replaced US top seed Andy Roddick in the 32-man draw when the American pulled out Monday, citing illness after a three-set Memphis final struggle before capturing his 30th career ATP title.

Latvian Ernests Gulbis, the 2010 Delray winner, is playing in Dubai this year.

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