Rome Masters: Berdych knocks out Anderson

2013-05-17 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Kevin Anderson was knocked out of the Rome Masters, losing 7-5, 6-2 in the Round of 16 to Czech Tomas Berdych.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal narrowly avoided a stunning upset loss as the Spaniard rallied to beat Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 yesterday to reach the quarter-finals.

The Spaniard now stands 6-0 against Gulbis as he bids for a seventh Rome title. He will next face compatriot David Ferrer, who advanced in a walkover against Philipp Kohl­schreiber, who was suffering from vertigo.

Top seed Novak Djokovic played without ankle pain in a routine 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Alexandr Dolgopolov for a quarter-final place.

In the women’s event, world number one Serena Williams comfortably made the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 6-1 mauling of Slovakia’s 14th seed Dominika Cibulkova.


Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-1, 6-4

Berdych (CZE x6) bt Anderson (RSA) 7-5, 6-2

Nadal (ESP x5) bt Gulbis (LAT) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4

Paire (FRA) bt Martin Del Potro (ARG x7) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)


Williams (USA x1) bt Cibulkova (SVK x14) 6-0, 6-1

Suarez (ESP) bt Dominguez (ESP) 6-2, 6-3

Halep (ROM) bt Vinci (ITA x13) 6-4, 6-2

Jankovic (SRB) bt Li Na (CHN x5) 7-6 (7/2), 7-5

Azarenka (BLR x3) bt Morita (JPN) 6-1, 2-0 - retired.

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