Kevin Anderson at the French Open earlier this week. Photo: Rolan Garros
Kevin Anderson at the French Open earlier this week. Photo: Rolan Garros - "The two-time Slam finalist is flying under the radar."

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson is currently one set down in the third round of the French Open, playing against 22-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev.

There have been mixed fortunes for South Africa’s two representatives in the men’s singles at the French Open in Paris, with Kevin Anderson winning his second round match and Lloyd Harris unfortunately losing his.

Anderson made a fine fifth-set recovery earlier this week to beat the No22 seed Serb Dušan Lajovic 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3; while Harris lost to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in four sets, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.

Team SA said: “Initially, Anderson’s match had been delayed by almost four hours because of rain and subsequently wet playing surfaces. However, once the match started on a near-deserted Court 9, the 34-year-old produced some vintage touches, much like he showed in his opening match.”

Today Anderson has not got off to a great start, with three double faults in the first set. The South African dual citizen, who is based in the USA, has dropped to 118 in the world rankings after a year of injury setbacks. His opponent Rublev meanwhile is enjoying a career high this month, seeded no. 12.

The French Open, which was scheduled to start on 24 May, was delayed this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and is currently being held at Roland Garros until 11 October.

UPDATE 13h40 SA/Paris Time: Rublev has won 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.