Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
23 Jan 2015
2:43 pm

Anderson to meet Nadal in fourth round

Wesley Botton

Kevin Anderson will face world No 3 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the Australian Open after progressing with a straight sets victory at Melbourne Park on Friday.

FILE PICTURE: Kevin Anderson. Photo Reg Caldecott / Gallo Images

South Africa’s top-ranked player, who entered the year’s first Grand Slam as the No 14 seed, defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6 7-6 in their third-round clash.

Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, swept past unfancied Israeli Dudi Sela in the third round with a convincing 6-1 6-0 7-5 win.

“Anderson is a big player with a big serve,” Nadal said in his post-match interview. “He’s very dangerous and he will be a very tough opponent for me.”

Earlier on Friday, Raven Klaasen, a finalist last year with former partner Eric Butorac, was eliminated in the second round of the men’s doubles.

Klaasen and India’s Leander Paes won the first set but ultimately went down 6-2 4-6 1-6 against Italian duo Simone Boleli and Fabio Fognini.