Anderson wins 5-set thriller, Harris bows out at French Open

Kevin Anderson in action at the 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.
Kevin Anderson in action at the 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre.
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South Africa's Kevin Anderson has advanced to the third round of the French Open after winning a five set thriller against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Thursday.

Anderson prevailed 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted a gruelling 3 hours and 12 minutes.

The big serving South African eased into a two-set lead and seemed to have the match in his grasp only for Lajovic, the 22nd seed at the tournament to win the next two sets and set up a deciding fifth.

But Anderson held his nerve to take the final set and move into the third round.

His best ever result on the clay of Roland Garros is the fourth round which Anderson achieved in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.

He will now play the 13th seed at the tournament, Andrey Rublev of Russia.

Sadly, Anderson's countryman, Lloyd Harris didn't fair as well.

He went out to Matteo Berrettini of Italy in four sets, going down 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.

French Open results at Roland Garros on Thursday, the fifth day of the delayed 2020 championship (x denotes seeded player):

Men

Second round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Christian Garín (CHI x20) bt Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Karen Khachanov (RUS x15) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-1, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2)

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x10) bt Attila Balazs (HUN) 6-3, 6-1, 6-2

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x17) bt Guido Pella (ARG) 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

Daniel Altmaier (GER) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER x30) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x7) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 7-5

Thiago Monteiro (BRA) bt Marcos Giron (USA) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-1

Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB x22) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3

Andrey Rublev (RUS x13) bt Alejandro Davidovich (ESP) 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x9) 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x18) bt Andrej Martin (SVK) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) bt Nikola Milojevic (SRB) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Women

Second round

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x8) bt Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 7-6 (8/6), 6-0

Ons Jabeur (TUN x30) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Clara Tauson (DEN) 6-2, 6-3

Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP x11) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-3, 6-2

Fiona Ferro (FRA) bt Elena Rybakina (KAZ x14) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Irina Maria Bara (ROU) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-1, 4-0 - retired 

Sofia Kenin (USA x4) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-3, 6-3

Leylah Fernandez (CAN) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Clara Burel (FRA) bt Kaja Juvan (SLO) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2

Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Petra Martic (CRO x13) bt Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 6-7 (1/7), 7-5, 6-3

Laura Siegemund (GER) bt Julia Goerges (GER) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3

Paula Badosa (ESP) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x29) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) 6-4, 6-2


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