LAST year’s Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson survived a scare against Britain’s Cameron Norrie to reach the second round of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club.
The South African took on British No.2 Norrie (pictured) in his first outing since recovering from an elbow problem which forced him to miss the entire clay-court season.
Ring rust was evident as Norrie broke Anderson’s serve in the opening game.Norrie, 23, went on to win the first set but Anderson claimed the second after a tie-break and a solitary break in the decider, with the 33-year-old now rock solid behind his big serve, gave the world No.8 a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win.
Nevertheless it was an encouraging performance for Norrie, and the world No.49 said: ‘Kevin served unbelievable, as I expected he would, but I managed to save a lot of break points and I was really happy with my mentality and how concentrated and how focused I stayed, especially on the big points.’
As the day drew to a close, British No.5 James Ward, threatened a shock against world No.38 Gilles Simon.
Ward took the first set against the Frenchman, however, the 32-year-old, now ranked 212th in the world, dropped the second and then, from 4-2 up in the decider, lost a tie-break as Simon sealed a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory.
Today’s action sees resurgent Briton Dan Evans open proceedings on Centre Court against three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka.
They said it…
‘It’s just good to see him back but I don’t think I want to carry him for Wimbledon dubs — he can find someone else to do that’ —Nick Kyrgios laughs off the prospect of playing doubles with Andy Murray at Wimbledon, with the Australian revealing he had discussed it with the former world No.1. However, 24-year-old Kyrgios said it would not be happening as the demands of combining his singles commitments with doubles were too much