Kevin Anderson returns during his victory over Nick Kyrgios. Photo: EPA/Etienne Laurent

PARIS – South Africa's Kevin Anderson has advanced to the third round of the French Open after beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

The 18th-seeded Kyrgios won the first set but double faulted twice to hand the South African the second. He immediately flung his racket to the ground so hard that it buckled.

Kyrgios then smashed the broken racket six times against a water container as he sat down at the end of a game, before flinging it away.

The Australian was given a point penalty and he never recovered, losing the next two sets in little over an hour.

Anderson, who is ranked 56th, will face Kyle Edmund in the third round.

The defeat means Kyrgios extended once agains failed to make past the third round at the Paris grand slam.

Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska has won back-to-back matches for the first time since reaching the final at the Australian Open in January.

Radwanska, seeded ninth at the French Open, beat qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.

Because of a right foot injury, Radwanska has missed the Madrid and Rome tournaments earlier in the clay-court season.

"I have been struggling with my health for a couple of weeks," Radwanska said. "I only had a week practice, so I am just very happy to be in the third round."

AP

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