Anderson earns date against Murray

Anderson earns date against Murray

LONDON — Former Illini Kevin Anderson advanced to Wimbledon’s fourth round Friday, toppling Italy’s Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 20 Anderson faced his toughest test of the tournament thus far in No. 16 Fognini. After dropping one set between his first two matches, Anderson faced a 2-1 deficit midway through his bout against Fognini.

He stormed back during the final two sets, winning 12 of the last 15 games.
Anderson’s reward for the five-set victory — a date against the 2013 Wimbledon champ, Andy Murray.

The two have faced off twice before, though never on grass, each winning one match.

Murray posted a straight-set win in the third round Friday, defeating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. Murray recorded 11 aces and is on a 16-match winning streak at the All England Club.

Fognini critical of regulations. Fognini’s tumultuous week at Wimbledon ended with a five-set defeat to Anderson, but he didn’t go quietly.

The fiery Italian, who was fined $27,500 by Wimbledon for unsportsmanlike conduct earlier this week, added more controversy Friday by criticizing the all-white clothing policy at the All England Club.

“The only things I don’t like are the rules, Wimbledon’s rules, the white color,” Fognini said Friday in his post-match news conference. “Today I crashed the rackets against my knee because the court is really soft, and I can damage it a lot.”

The 16th-seeded Italian also criticized Wimbledon organizers’ decision to schedule his match on a small court, suggesting that he was punished twice for his first-round fine.
 

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