• Anderson upsets Ferrer, Paire downs Kohlschreiber

    3/10/13 11:15 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Anderson upsets Ferrer, Paire downs Kohlschreiber Kevin Anderson takes out David Ferrer in straight sets on Saturday in Indian Wells. Anderson is joined in the third round by Benoit Paire, who eased past Philipp Kohlschreiber.

    Kevin Anderson d. (4) David Ferrer 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

    Anderson maintained his outstanding form and extended Ferrer's woes by scoring the upset in one hour and 55 during second-round action at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Ferrer, who was coming off a blowout loss to Rafael Nadal in the Acapulco final, showed signs of getting back on track with a solid first set. The fourth-ranked Spaniard battled back from a break down at 2-1 to scalp his opponent's serve on two consecutive occasions. Ferrer eventually closed out the opener on serve at 5-4.

    Before pulling away, Anderson saved several clutch break points to stay on level terms throughout the second. The 6'7'' South African finally earned another break of Ferrer when it mattered most, at 5-4 in the second. With momentum in hand, Anderson continued to abuse the No. 4 seed's serve in the third and two more breaks allowed the underdog to serve out the proceedings at 5-3. Next up for Anderson is Jarkko Nieminen, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Fernando Verdasco.

    Benoit Paire d. (21) Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2

    Paire avenged two losses last season by taking care of Kohlschreiber in a mere 51 minutes on Saturday afternoon. The Frenchman, who had gone down to Kohlschreiber at the U.S. Open and in Metz, struck eight aces compared to one double-fault and he won an incredible 25 of 26 first-serve points. Kohlschreiber, meanwhile, had not played a match since sustaining a hamstring injury during Davis Cup early last month and his rust showed.

    The 21st-ranked German served at a horrendous 47 percent, although he dropped serve just once in the opening set. Kohlschreiber went away quietly, however, after Paire served things out at 5-2. Two more breaks to the world No. 40 allowed him to clinch victory at 5-2 with a final routine hold. Paire, who surrendered only one service point in the second set, will face countryman Gilles Simon on Monday.

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What happened to Ferrer? I saw him won the first set, I fell asleep, woke up and the match was already over. I thought he won the match but after checking the results, I realized that he lost! Is he starting to go downhill now that he's getting 'old' at age 31?

luckystar , 3/10/13 3:38 PM

Doug Adler thinks he lost all confidence after his bad loss in Mexico. I think he's just old,tired and sucks on this court.

chr18 , 3/10/13 4:10 PM

Not so much about confidence, as Rafa whipped him too at the FO last year, allowing him only five games, like Nole did to him at the AO this year. Ferrer still went on to win titles after those beatings ( won Valencia, Paris Masters last year, and won at Buenos Aires this year). I too think he's getting old and weary; maybe feeling the pressure of wearing the no. 4 tag when everyone, including himself, thinks that he's not the real no.4 guy.

luckystar , 3/10/13 4:46 PM

Thanks luckystar for making the point. I was just going to point out that Ferrer has had beat downs from Rafa before, and has gone on to do well. I saw the match and I don't think Ferru play badly but tennis is a game of margins and with Anderson's serve he had a little bit of an advantage.

nadline , 3/10/13 8:07 PM

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