• Anderson, Matosevic battle for Delray Beach title

    3/4/12 5:32 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Anderson, Matosevic battle for Delray Beach title An improbable Delray Beach final features Kevin Anderson and Marinko Matosevic on Sunday. Anderson is gunning for his second career ATP title.

    Kevin Anderson and Marinko Matosevic will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Sunday afternoon. Their only previous encounter came at the Challenger level two years ago in Baton Rouge, where--interestingly--Matosevic retired during a third-set tiebreaker.

    Anderson is a huge favorite based on his experience and also his current form. The 6'8'' South African registers at 36th in the world and will be in great position to be seeded for the French Open. He is 9-4 for his 2012 campaign after wins this week over Austin Krajicek, Xavier Malisse, Andy Roddick, and No. 1 seed John Isner. Anderson saved three match points against Roddick on Friday.

    Matosevic's run has come absolutely out of nowhere. The 26-year-old Australian owned a dismal 3-15 lifetime record at the ATP level prior to this week and he had not yet won an ATP match this season. After gaining momentum by qualifying for the main draw, Matosevic saw his fortunes change swiftly. He upset Ivo Karlovic, Alex Bogomolov, and Ernests Gulbis, then outlasted Dudi Sela in a third-set tiebreaker on Saturday.

    Matosevic, obviously, is playing in his first ATP final. Anderson is 1-1 lifetime in title matches, with a runner-up finish four years ago in Las Vegas followed by a victory last year in Johannesburg.

    While Matosevic will at least take heart in his competitiveness last time these two players faced each other, all signs point to a straight-set triumph for Anderson.

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I was sure about Fed over Murray (thought it may go to 3); Ferrer over Verdasco was a given to match Muster's feat- Anderson over Matesovic - not so sure considering the unlikely finalist in Matesovic (SA vs Aussie- generally mental block over SA winning over Aus)- I have a gut that Matesovic (checking out their draw results for this tournament) might acutally surprise Anderson tomorrow (possibly in 3 or even straight; I have a feeling he will take first set for sure)- matching Nieminen earlier feat of winning in 2012 as a qualifier (in straight) or Stakhovsky feat in St Petersburg in 2009 (surprisingly the scores the same 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 and Matesovic only meeting against Anderson retired 3rd set tiebreaker again 2-6, 7-5,6-6; Matesovic has lost one less game than Anderson till now and won every match except first round which was against Ivo in 2 every other match in 3, while Anderson has had 2 st, 2 3 setters winning the first set and losing the first set (Roddick saving mtchpts); I predict Matesovic in 2 or 3 and scorelines as

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 3/4/12 8:44 PM

Congrats to Anderson, well done for winning his second ATP title.

luckystar , 3/5/12 8:27 AM

Delray consistently produces the most random finalists. Gotta love it!

cherylmurray , 3/5/12 3:13 PM

So nice to see Anderson coming up. This guy has had been playing quite well during the last 2 years, but haven't been getting the break he deserved. Hope this win here would change his luck here after!

solitudine , 3/5/12 10:01 PM

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