Former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson of South Africa will take on Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner in the second round of the 2021 Newport Open on Wednesday, July 14. Get the live streaming options of this Kevin Anderson v Sebastian Ofner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Kevin Anderson v Sebastian Ofner Head to Head
This will be a first meeting between the World No. 113 Anderson and World No. 167 Ofner.
Solid Start for Anderson
Eighth seed Kevin Anderson made it four from four against Ilya Marachenko, defeating the Ukrainian in the first round in Newport on Monday.
The 35-year-old South African served 16 aces, won 81% first serve points, saved all five break points and converted 2 of 2 for a convincing 7-5, 6-3 win in an hour and 33 minutes.
Back in Newport after a gap of 13 years, Anderson improved to 6-6 on the tour this year. The 6’8″ two-time major finalist, also improved his career grass record to 41-28.
A finalist at the U.S. Open in 2017 and the Wimbledon in 2018, Anderson is a six-time winner from 19 finals, with the last of his triumphs coming in Pune in 2019.
Andreson, who fell 11 places in the rankings to 113 this week, had reached the quarterfinals in Estoril this year, but was forced to retire after losing the first set to Marin Cilic. He also won two matches at Melbourne-1, reaching the Round of 16 before going down to Karen Khachanov. He was handed first-round defeats at the Australian, Miami and French Opens, but got into the second round at Wimbledon after beating Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in four. His 12th Wimbledon appearance however ended in the second round with a straight sets defeat to Novak Djokovic.
Ofner Keeps Advancing
It’s been a good week for Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner, who notched his third win in three days on Tuesday, defeating Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first round.
Ofner won 87% service points, didn’t face a single break point and converted two of two to beat the Japanese player 6-4, 6-4 in 67 minutes.
Ofner had entered the main draw by beating Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador in three in the first qualifying round on Sunday and then seeing off Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans after another three-set affair on Monday. The 25-year-old Austrian, who has mostly featured in the Challenger and qualifying events this year, had also made it to the main draw at Queen’s but lost in the first round to Marin Cilic.
This was Ofner’s first main draw win on the tour this year. A two-time winner at the Challenger level and five-time Futures champion, Ofner had made it to the third round of Wimbledon in his only appearance at a major in 2017. He could only reach as far as the third qualifying round at Wimbledon, before falling to Daniel Masur
Anderson v Ofner Prediction and Tip
Anderson will be happy with the way he started his campaign and will be looking to build on that. Expect the South African to win in straight sets.