Anderson fights back to advance at Oz Open

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Anderson_celebrates REUTERS South Africa's Kevin Anderson celebrates defeating Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the third round at the Australian Open. Picture: Reuters/Bobby Yip

Johannesburg – Kevin Anderson put up a valiant fight to make it through to the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday beating Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) 7-5.

The 19th seed fought back against the unseeded Frenchman after being two sets down in a match which lasted just under four hours.

Anderson won the third set and came back from two games down in the fourth to force a tie-breaker and take the match into a fifth set.

Roger-Vasselin broke Anderson's serve early in the fifth but Anderson kept up the battle to eventually level the games at 5-5 on his way to victory.

Anderson scraped through the first round of the tournament, beating Czech Republic's 82nd-ranked Jiri Vesely 2-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

He had an easier time of it in the second round, beating Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Anderson will play his nemesis, the seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, in the next round.

The pair have met on nine occasions during the last two years – including at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open – and Berdych has come out on top in all nine matches. – Sapa

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