Kevin Anderson on his way to beating Japan's Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals tennis tournament in London on Tuesday. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA

LONDON – It was a good day for South Africa as Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen both tasted success in the ATP Finals in London on Tuesday.

Both Klaasen, in the doubles, and Anderson won their second group matches, with Anderson making an emphatic statement in his victory in 6-6 6-1 drubbing of Kei Nishikori.

But both players are still not guaranteed places in the knockout stage.

Anderson got 78 percent of his first serves into court, didn't face a single break point, and was rushing Nishikori throughout. 

"It's what it's about these days," he said after the match. "If you're playing your tennis and stop your opponent playing their tennis and getting too comfortable, that's what gives you the advantage.

"And when I can stick to my own game it definitely makes it harder for my opponent, regardless who they are, and I feel like I've done that really well, especially today."

South Africa's Raven Klaasen is partnered by New Zealander Michael Venus in London. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
South Africa's Raven Klaasen is partnered by New Zealander Michael Venus in London. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Earlier, Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus beat Nikola Mektic (Croatia) and Alexander Peya (Austria) 7-6(5) 7-6(5), a result which keeps their chances of reaching the semifinals alive.

If Klaasen and Venus beat Colombians Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Thursday, they will go through, but even winning one set in defeat might be enough, depending on the outcome of the Murray-Soares v Mektic-Peya match. 

African News Agency (ANA)


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