Anderson Brushes Past Herbert At Wimbledon
Last year's finalist to face Tipsarevic
Kevin Anderson found himself at 0/40 in his first service game, but any thoughts that his right elbow injury continues to hamper him were soon extinguished in a commanding win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday at The Championships.
Fourth seed Anderson broke serve early in each set to beat Herbert 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 46 minutes, a confidence-boosting win for the South African contesting only his fifth tour-level event of the season.
"I'm really, really pleased with the way I played today," said Anderson. "I knew it was going to be a tough match. To get off that match in straight sets is a great positive for me. It's been a very tough year. But I feel like the way my body felt today is very, very encouraging for me.
"[I have] different expectations coming in right now given that I've not played many matches this year. But I think there's a lot of positives I can take from today, and hopefully I'll be able to keep building on that."
The 33-year-old, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final, won 77 per cent of his service points, hitting 40 winners that included 16 aces. Herbert, who will partner Andy Murray in the doubles competition at the All England Club, came into the match with grass-court form, having advanced to the NOVENTI OPEN semi-finals in Halle (l. to Federer) two weeks ago.
“For sure [it] was not the best draw,” admitted Herbert. “Kevin is an amazing player, so it was a tough first round. I think he played really well today. I didn't play my best match, so I'm still a little bit sad…
“Yesterday I had a tough time in my practice, to stop, because I was scared for one of my quads. So I was a little bit scared. But when I did the medical tests, everything was fine. [It was] not the best way to start, but it's only a start, I hope.”
Anderson, who picked up the sixth ATP Tour title of his career in January at the Tata Open Maharashtra (d. Karlovic), will next face Janko Tipsarevic, the former World No. 8, who reached the fourth round in 2007 and 2008, who knocked out Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-2, 5-7, 7-2 in just under four hours.
No. 26 seed Guido Pella earned his first win of the grass-court season, beating Marius Copil 7-6(11), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. The Argentine, who entered the grass-court Grand Slam championship with an 0-2 record on the surface this year, withstood 64 winners to overcome the 28-year-old Romanian after two hours and 54 minutes.
Pella will meet Andreas Seppi for a spot in the third round. The Italian, who is making his 57th consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearance, overcame Geneva finalist Nicolas Jarry 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-1, 6-2.