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Kevin Anderson battles into New York Open quarters, Sam Querrey eases through

Kevin Anderson defeated Ernesto Escobedo while Sam Querrey eased past Mikhail Youzhny to reach the quarterfinals of the New York Open tennis tournament.

tennis Updated: Feb 16, 2018 10:54 IST
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Kevin Anderson in action against Ernesto Escobedo in the New York Open tennis tournament.(AFP)

Kevin Anderson survived a scare to reach the New York Open quarter-finals, while Sam Querrey eased into the last eight.

Anderson, last year’s US Open runner-up, was pushed by Ernesto Escobedo before scraping past the qualifier 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the second round on Thursday.

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The South African, the top seed at the ATP 250 event, served 22 aces and needed four match points to claim his win after leading 6-2 in the third-set tie-break.

Awaiting Anderson in the quarter-finals is Frances Tiafoe after the American overcame Dudi Sela 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Meanwhile, Querrey had few problems against Mikhail Youzhny, brushing past the Russian 6-4, 6-3.

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The second seed sent down 13 aces and saved all three break points he faced, winning in 64 minutes.

Querrey will face Ivo Karlovic after the big-serving Croatian proved too good for American sixth seed Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 10:54 IST