Kevin Anderson needed four sets and over 180 minutes to see his way past Pablo Cuevas on Thursday. Photo: EPA/YOAN VALAT

CAPE TOWN – South Africa's Kevin Anderson overcame a third set hiccup to see off Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 in their French Open second-round clash at Roland-Garros on Thursday.

Anderson needed brief medical attention in the third set to attend to an injury in his right foot. Once a trainer attended to the injury Anderson went on to win the remaining two sets to close out the match after two hours and 44 minutes.

The sixth-seeded Anderson (world ranking 7th) was somewhat matched on the aces count in the match. The unseeded Cuevas (world ranking 75th) sent down 12 against 21 by Anderson in their afternoon duel on Court 7.

Further out on Court 9, Russian Mischa Zverev defeated Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 6-7 (0) 7-6 (2) 6-1 in another second-round clash.

The unseeded Zverev (World 64) will now go to play Anderson in a third-round clash on Saturday.

In doubles competition, 10th seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand defeated Frenchmen Hugo Nys and Jonathan Eysseric 7-6 (2) 6-3 to reach Saturday's round of 16.

Argentinian fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro eased into the French Open third round with a victory over Julien Benneteau.

Former US Open champion Del Potro will next play Spanish 31st seed Albert Ramos-Vinola.

African News Agency (ANA)

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