Acapulco, Guerrero, March 1. The South African Kevin Anderson is one step away from the final of Abierto Mexicano Telcel, presented by HSBC, after beating Hyeon Chung, 7-6 (5) and 6-4. This result allows him to keep on to the search for his first crown in this tournament. In 2014 lost against Grigor Dimitrov.
Anderson finished with 18 aces, plus a 70 percent first serve effectiveness that led him to victory, even saving six of seven break points against Chung, the current ATP Next Gene champion.
The first set was defined in tie break after Anderson used his powerful service that barely allowed an exchange and avoided any possibility for Hyeon to react to his game.
For the second set, the South African saved a break point with a serve that helped him to take advantage wich led him to the imminent victory.
“I really enjoy being here, tomorrow I have a good chance to fight to be in the final, that’s exciting for me. I had to work from December to have a better season. I took advantage to have a good second set to not complicate the game”, said Anderson.
Now, Kevin will face, for the second time in his career, Jared Donaldson, 21, who is playing for the first time in an ATP semifinal. Last year, both met at the Genoa Open, where Anderson won 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.
“We played last year. He has good tennis, I have to find a way to not deconcentrate or make mistakes that he can take advantage of, “explained Kevin.
Previously, Donaldson eliminated Spanish Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-1 in just 54 minutes.
“It’s a great start to the tournament so far, I feel like I played very well all week, and I think it has shown great maturity in my game and how much I have improved,” he said.