Cincinnati R3 preview and pick: Federer vs. Anderson

The Grandstand

221-RogerRoger Federer and Kevin Anderson will be facing each other on Thursday in Cincinnati with a spot in the quarterfinals at stake. Carl Kuschke previews the action.

(15) Kevin Anderson vs. (2) Roger Federer

Anderson is coming off an impressive Western & Southern Open second-round win over Jack Sock, during which he looked like his usual solid self. He had a tough two-tiebreaker loss to Lukas Rosol last week in Montreal and is looking to gain some momentum going into the U.S. Open. Anderson has been a steady top 20 player for the last year, not typically losing to anyone outside of the top 30, but also not making any big breakthroughs, either.

An upset of Federer on Thursday in Cincinnati would qualify as a breakthrough for the No. 15 seed, especially when you consider their head-to-head history. The third-ranked Swiss leads it 3-0 overall, 6-0 in total sets, and…

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