• Anderson puts an end to Gasquet's London hopes

    10/31/12 4:30 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Anderson puts an end to Gasquet's London hopes Richard Gasquet's faint World Tour Finals chances evaporate at home in Paris on Wednesday. Kevin Anderson upsets Gasquet in three sets and will go up against Tomas Berdych.

    Kevin Anderson turned in one of his best performances of the year to beat Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday afternoon. Anderson blasted 13 aces without double-faulting as he advanced in two hours and 17 minutes.

    Both players held serve throughout the first set, with Anderson fighting off four break points and Gasquet saving two. Anderson just barely managed to force a tiebreaker then raced to a 4-1 advantage. The 6'7'' South African suddenly lost four points in a row for 4-5 but promptly won three straight--including set point with powerful service return.

    The second frame of play seemed to be headed for a similar destination before Anderson cracked at 4-4. Gasquet broke at the most opportune time and made no mistake with the set on his racket one game later.

    However, success was short-lived for the 12th-ranked Frenchman. In fact, he did not get on the scoreboard a single time through five games of the third set. Gasquet finally held for 1-5, but Anderson quickly wrapped it up by converting match point with a clean forehand winner.

    A high-quality affair featured 41 winners and 20 errors from Anderson. Gasquet recorded 39 winners to 26 mistakes. Next up for the world No. 39 is fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, who dismissed Andreas Seppi on Tuesday.

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