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SA's Kevin Anderson bows out at Indian Wells Masters

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Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson exited the Indian Wells Masters after a straight sets defeat to French veteran Gael Monfils on Tuesday.

Monfils, the 14th seed in the Californian desert, won the third round encounter 7-5, 6-2 to set up a clash with third seed Alexander Zverev, who beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

Monfils hit 24 winners compared to Anderson's 20 and broke the tall South African's serve four times.

Anderson also made too many unforced errors - 30 compared to Monfils' 21 - to go down in one hour and 39 minutes.

Results from the ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

Third round

Taylor Fritz (USA x31) bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA x5) 6-4, 6-3

Jannik Sinner (ITA x10) bt John Isner (USA x20) retired

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO x29) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2

Karen Khachanov (RUS x24) bt Pablo Carreño-Busta (ESP x12) 6-0, 6-4

Alexander Zverev (GER x3) bt Andy Murray (SCO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

Gael Monfils (FRA x14) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 7-5, 6-2

Alex De Minaur (AUS x22) bt Christian Garín (CHI x13) 6-4, 6-2

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x2) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x25) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Women

Fourth round

Jessica Pegula (USA x19) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) 6-1, 6-1

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x24) bt Iga Swiatek (POL x2) 6-4, 6-3

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Leylah Fernandez (CAN x23) 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)

Anett Kontaveit (EST x18) bt Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 6-0, 6-2

Paula Badosa (ESP x21) bt Barbora Krejcíková (CZE x3) 6-1, 7-5

Angelique Kerber (GER x10) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-4, 6-1

Victoria Azarenka (BLR x27) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-3, 6-4

Ons Jabeur (TUN x12) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-2, 6-2

On Monday, South Africa's other singles contestant, Lloyd Harris, also bowed out in the third round after letting slip a one-set advantage against Norway's Casper Ruud.

Ruud, the sixth seed and world No 10, rallied to beat Harris 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4.

Harris, the 26th seed and world No 31, had ample opportunities in the match but couldn't convert on any of the eight break point chances he had.

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