Second-seeded Anderson beats Herbert for Winston-Salem title

South Africa's Anderson celebrates his first pro title in more than three years. 

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Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa won his first pro title in more than three years when he beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.

Anderson, ranked 15th, needed just 92 minutes to secure his third career ATP World Tour tournament title, and his first since winning at Delray Beach, Fla., on March 4, 2012.

Since then, Anderson was winless in seven finals before Saturday’s victory at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, including losses at Memphis, Tennessee, and Queen’s Club in London this year.

In advancing to his first career ATP final, Herbert was playing his ninth match in eight days. He was attempting to become the first player in 19 years to win nine matches en route to an ATP tournament title.

But Anderson hit 16 aces, and broke Herbert’s serve twice – in the fifth game of the first set, and the 11th game of the second set.