- Associated Press - Thursday, March 1, 2012

DELRAY BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa topped Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Thursday.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson had nine aces and won 77 percent of his first serve points, although his first serve percentage was only 55 percent.

“I thought it really gusty, really windy, and it wasn’t easy to get a good rhythm,” Anderson said. “I thought it was tough for both of us because we couldn’t play the kind of tennis we wanted to play.”

Malisse was a two-time former Delray Beach champion (2005 and ‘07) and came into the match with a 25-9 record at this tournament. He did well when his forehand was kicking in, but otherwise struggled.

Anderson will play the winner of Thursday night’s match between fourth-seeded Andy Roddick and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals.

Roddick, who grew up in South Florida, lost to Istomin the one time they’ve played in the San Jose quarterfinals last month.

Fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany also advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. He defeated 57th-ranked Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-2, 6-2.

Kohlschreiber saved both break points he faced on serve and took advantage of four of 10 break point opportunities he had on Dodig’s serve. Kohlschreiber broke serve in the fifth and seventh games of the first set and the third and seventh games of the second set.

Kohlschreiber is now 12-5 in 2012 and has reached the semifinals in Auckland and Montpellier, France.

The German’s quarterfinal opponent will be Dudi Sela of Israel, who earned his quarterfinal spot with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

Sela, who also reached the Chennai quarterfinals this season, won 25 of the 30 points when his first serve went into play.

“It was difficult conditions because the wind was swirling,” said Sela, who said the weather is similar to what he’s used to in Israel.

“It was tough to serve and you had to put your first serves in. I think I served very well and I didn’t give him any presents.”

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