2018 French Open: SA’s Anderso

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2018 French Open: SA’s Anderson cruises into second round

Never any doubt.

2018 French Open: SA’s Anderso

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Kevin Anderson found himself in a spot of bother after a rain delay during his first round match against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi on Tuesday but quickly turned things around to book his spot in the second round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory at Roland Garros.

The South African cruised through the opening two sets losing only three games which included 10 aces and 29 winners and looked set to wrap up the match in a hurry.

A brief rain delay halted play though for the second time in two days in the French capital and once back on court, the momentum had suddenly shifted in favour of the Italian who found himself 3-0 up in the third set.


Lorenzi’s advantage didn’t last long though with the South African sixth seed securing a break to get back on serve at 3-3.  Anderson soon took control breaking the Italian’s serve in the ninth game before successfully serving for the match which lasted just over one hour and 42 minutes.

Anderson, the world number seven, now boasts a 5-0 stranglehold in head-to-head meetings over Lorenzi who is ranked 74th in the world.

He will next face the winner of the match between Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene and Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

There was some more good news on the local front with South Africa’s Raven Klaasen also advancing to the second round comfortably after he and his doubles partner, Michael Venus of New Zealand, beat the French pair Corentin Denolly and Alexandre Muller in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.