Anderson reaches last four

Kevin Anderson continued his impressive start to the season with a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin to reach the semi-finals of the Sydney International.

Anderson, who enjoyed a successful run at the Hopman Cup with South Africa, saw off Istomin 6-4 6-3 in 84 minutes.

The 26-year-old, who will now face Julien Benneteau in the last four, said: "It's always good to start the year off on a good note. It's still just the second tournament and my sights are set on the Australian Open, but this is a great opportunity for me. I'm really pleased to be in the semi-finals.

"I've had a really good off-season. Practised hard. I think the Hopman Cup was a fantastic event. I felt it was a great opportunity for some very good preparation.

"Coming into Sydney, I've had some good matches under my belt from last week and I've been able to keep that going. I've felt better with each match."

Benneteau, last year's beaten finalist, had too much class for qualifier Ryan Harrison - with the Frenchman securing a 6-4 6-2 victory.