Wawrinka stopped in his tracks by Anderson bombardment

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Posted: Jun 17, 2015 11:39 AM

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was scythed back to earth by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on the Queen's Club grasscourts as the Swiss bowed out of the Aegon Championships on Wednesday.

Wawrinka, the second seed at the prestigious Wimbledon curtain-raiser, saved five match points and missed a golden opportunity to win the second set before losing 7-6(4) 7-6(11).

Not surprisingly world number 17 Anderson sealed victory with a 22nd booming ace.

Wawrinka, who claimed his second grand slam title with a spellbinding comeback against world number one Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros this month, will rue the few chances that went begging on a cloudy day in west London.

He had two set points on the Anderson serve at 6-5 in the opening set, and two in the elongated second set tiebreak, the second of which he squandered by spraying a forehand wide with the court at his mercy.

Seventh seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon earlier beat Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-2 despite losing the first nine points of the match.

Simon will face either Canada's Milos Raonic or fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals while Anderson awaits the winners of Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Rafa Nadal's conqueror Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Top seed Andy Murray was not in singles action on Wednesday. He will face Fernando Verdasco on Thursday.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)