ATP Tour

Kevin Anderson survives 3 match points to advance in Vienna

Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

South Africa's Kevin Anderson won his opening round match at the ATP event in Vienna in dramatic fashion on Monday.

The 34-year-old saved three consecutive match points before beating Austrian Dennis Novak 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).

Anderson was on the brink of elimination when he trailed 6-3 in the final set tie-break but showed mental fortitude to close out the contest in two hours and 44 minutes.

Anderson, who won the Vienna title in 2018, will next meet Spanish world No 15 Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round on Wednesday. The US Open semi-finalist was leading Gael Monfils 6-1, 2-0 when the Frenchman was forced to retire due to a neck injury.

Anderson, a former world No 5, is currently ranked 111th on the ATP rankings with injuries proving troublesome in recent times.

There's a strong field this week at the ATP 500-level event, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic, No 3 Dominic Thiem, No 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No 6 Daniil Medvedev and No 8 Andrey Rublev all in action.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert

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