ATP Tour

Anderson survives scare in Vienna, boosts London hopes

Kevin Anderson (AP)
Kevin Anderson (AP)

Cape Town - South African tennis star Kevin Anderson survived a scare in his opening round match at the Vienna Open indoor hard-court event on Monday.

Anderson rallied to defeat big-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3.

The world No 8 had to save a match point when serving at 5-6 down in the second-set tie-break.

After surviving the scare, the South African took control in the final set by breaking Basilashvili’s serve to book his spot in the second round against Austrian wildcard Jurgen Melzer, who upset Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.

Anderson is the second seed in Vienna, behind local star Dominic Thiem.

Anderson, who reached this year’s Wimbledon final, is trying to make his debut at the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals to be held in London between November 11 and 18.

The tall South African is in seventh place in the ATP Race To London, with 3 765 points, 105 behind sixth-placed Marin Cilic (3 870), who advanced on Monday at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

The top eight in the race on November 5 will qualify for the year-end showpiece.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
46% - 3438 votes
Cricket
11% - 816 votes
Football
18% - 1330 votes
Athletics
2% - 145 votes
Boxing
1% - 61 votes
Cycling
2% - 158 votes
Golf
5% - 375 votes
Motorsport
7% - 542 votes
Tennis
3% - 232 votes
Water sports
1% - 63 votes
American sports
1% - 57 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 193 votes
Vote