South Africa’s keep running at the Miami Open stopped on Friday night, with Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen smashing out in the early phases of the ATP Masters competition.
Anderson lost in straight sets to world No 4 Kei Nishikori of Japan, with the Olympic bronze medallist winning a 6-4 6-3 triumph in the second round of the men’s singles rivalry.
The SA men’s No 1 had crushed Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic 6-2 7-5 in the opening round prior in the week.
Klaasen, in the interim, joined American Rajeev Ram in a disillusioning first-round misfortune, turning out as the No 5 seeds after their heavenly execution at Indian Wells a week ago where they lifted the duplicates title.
Philipp Petzschner of Germany, a previous Wimbledon and US Open duplicates champion, and Austrian player Alexander Peya earned a 6-3 7-5 win, advancing to the second round.