Melbourne - 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.
seed fought back against the unseeded Frenchman after being two sets
down in a match which lasted just under four hours.
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.
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.
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.
pair have met on nine occasions during the last two years - including
at the 2012 and 2013 Australian Open - where Berdych came out on top in
all nine matches.