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Anderson takes on Raonic in French Open third round
- Updated: May 30, 2013
Top-ranked South African singles player, Kevin Anderson came back from a set down to power his way into the French Open’s third round on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
The lanky Anderson beat Evgeny Donskoy in four sets to seal his spot.
Out on Court No17, Anderson dropped the first set 7-6 (10-8) to the Russian but bounced back to take the second 6-1 in just 24 minutes and the third and fourth 7-5 6-2.
The match lasted nine minutes short of three hours, during which Anderson came up with 14 aces compared to Donskoy’s three. The two player’s first service percentage were much of a muchness at 68% and 67%but Anderson was more efficient in terms of points on on his big first serve (77% to 68%).
He hit 58 winners to Donskoy’s 44 and in the unforced errors tally, it was Anderson with 37 and Donskoy on 36.
Anderson now comes up against either world No16 Milos Raonic of Canada, a player who, as long ago as two years, Anderson rated as one of the stars of the future in an interview with Road to Rio 2016.