Kevin Anderson stuns Daniil Medvedev to progress to Vienna Open semifinal

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 30: Kevin Anderson of South Africa plays a forehand during his quarter finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day seven of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament at Wiener Stadthalle on October 30, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson of South Africa plays a forehand during his quarter finals match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day seven of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson followed up his straight sets win against Pablo Carreño Busta in the Round of 16 at the Vienna Open with a similar victory over match-favourite Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the quarterfinals.

Anderson defeated the fourth seed 6-4, 7-6 on Friday in a closely-contested match which saw only one successful break of serve prior to the second set tie-breaker.

Anderson made a fast start breaking Medvedev in the first game of the set and then taking a 2-0 lead. The remainder of the set went with serve and Anderson converted his first set point to claim it 6-4.

The second set was an even closer affair with both men holding serve and forcing it into a tie-breaker. Medvedev raced into a 2-0 lead but Anderson fought back superbly to take a 5-2 lead. He then held off a spirited fight back by the Russian before he eventually converted his match point to take the tie-breaker 7-5 and win 6-4, 7-6.

The 2018 champion will face either Dominic Thiem of Austria or another Russian Andrey Rublev.

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