05 May - 23:13

Anderson rises over Gasquet

Kevin Anderson survived an epic three setter to defeat 2015 champion Richard Gasquet and qualify for the semi-finals of na ATP Tournament for the first time since Winston-Salem in 2015.

 Playing a night session match for the second time this week the big-serving South African was on his A Game and won 6-2 3-6 7-6 (4) outlasting his french opponent in two hours and 40 minutes. In an intense match Anderson kept his cool under the lights and saved 11 of the 14 breakpoints he faced while Gasquet faltered on the decisive moments. 

In the semis Anderson will face another powerful server: Gilles Muller. 

The experienced 33-year-old Luxembourgian took the fourth and last spot by defeating Japanese Taro Daniel in the last match of the day. Muller had a shaky start loosing the first set 5-7 but clawed his way back into contention by winning the second 6-2 forcing the decider. In the third set Muller kept his momentum and put an end to Daniel's hopes of qualifying for the top 4 in Estoril.

Muller will now face Anderson for the fifth time in his career, the first on clay.  

 

 

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