Anderson seeded 32 and fit for Roland Garros rros
JOHANNESBURG — Top South African tennis player Kevin Anderson yesterday declared himself fit for the French Open — and he was immediately rewarded with a 32nd seeding in the prestige grand slam event on the testing Roland Garros clay courts.
But it was a close call for Anderson, who has recovered from an ankle injury suffered in Spain ear- lier this month, with the final seeding position only going his way after American Andy Roddick and former champion Juan Carlos Ferrero withdrawing late because of injuries.
The world’s 35th-ranked Anderson faces France’s 89th-ranked Nicolas Mahut in the opening round of the tournament and will come up against either 43rd- ranked Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina or Tim Smyczek of the United States, if he overcomes the player who took part in a 140game set against John Isner at Wimbledon last year.
A potential third-round opponent for Anderson is eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer, and the big serving South African would probably play Spanish clay court specialist Nico- las Almegro if f he makes it to the fourth th round.
While it is not what might be construed strued as an easy draw Anderson’s nderson’s seeding at least sees es him avoiding players of the e calibre of Rafa Nadal, second nd seed Novak Djokovic and d third-seeded Roger Federer r in the early rounds. — Sapa.