US Open

Anderson sails into US Open third round

2017-08-31 06:58
Kevin Anderson (AP)

New York - If Kevin Anderson reaches the US Open last 16 on Friday, he'll give a hat tip to his younger brother, whose dreams of also making it as a professional were shattered by injury.

The 31-year-old South African won't have to go too far to celebrate with sibling Greg, who now works as a tennis academy director in nearby Connecticut.

"We grew up together and spent thousands of hours practicing," Anderson told AFP on Wednesday after making the third round with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.

Greg, younger by 18 months, played on the third-tier Futures tour after college in the United States but injuries ended his hopes of going further.

However, he always hits with his big brother when he comes the US Open.

"We keep it pretty casual. He had aspirations to become a professional but a pretty big injury put him behind the curve ball," said Anderson.

"It was really tough for him but we have a hit here. He has a great eye for the game and always follows my progress.

"I value his opinion and input."

Anderson, born in Johannesburg but a permanent resident of the United States, enjoyed his best Grand Slam performance in New York in 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals, knocking out Andy Murray on the way.

He has a 2-0 career record over world number 61 Borna Coric, who made the third round by stunning fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev.

Anderson, seeded at 28, would have taken a 0-4 losing record against Zverev into Friday's third round had the young German prevailed against the 20-year-old Croatian.

Three of those losses came this year but Anderson insisted he would have been happy to tackle the beanpole German again.

"I have had more success against Borna but I would have liked to have had the opportunity to play Alexander again," he said.

"I could have looked to up my level but that opportunity will have to wait."

Zverev, the highly regarded trailblazer of the "Next Gen" expected to succeed the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Murray, has flattered to deceive at the Slams.

In 2017, his best run was to the last 16 at Wimbledon after a third round exit in Australia and first round loss at Roland Garros.

Yet, on the tour, the German has taken five titles, including majors in Rome and Montreal, beating Djokovic and Federer respectively in the finals.

"Maybe there's more pressure at the Slams," said Anderson, who has made at least the last-16 of all four majors.

"But I'm sure he'll figure it out."

Results from day 3 of the US Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Men

Second round

Sam Querrey (USA x17) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 6-2, 7-6 (9/7), 5-7, 0-6, 7-6 (7/2)

Mischa Zverev (GER x23) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5

John Isner (USA x10) bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Gilles Muller (LUX x19) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3

Kevin Anderson (RSA x28) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x4) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4)

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Albert Ramos (ESP x20) 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP x12) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Lucas Pouille (FRA x16) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

Diego Schwartzman (ARG x29) bt Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

Marin Cilic (CRO x5) bt Florian Mayer (GER) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

First round

Taro Daniel (JPN) bt Tommy Paul (USA) 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Yuichi Sugita (JPN) bt Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-0

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x26) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Stefano Travaglia (ITA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x22) 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), 3-6, 6-0

Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Norbert Gombos (SVK) 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Tomas Berdych (CZE x15) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)

David Goffin (BEL x9) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Guido Pella (ARG) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

Donald Young (USA) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4

Gael Monfils (FRA x18) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x27) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) bt Nicolas Kicker (ARG) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x7) bt Vaclav Safranek (CZE) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-2, 0-0 abandon

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x33) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Vincent Millot (FRA) 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4

Malek Jaziri (TUN) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

John Millman (AUS) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS x14) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x11) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)

Dustin Brown (GER) bt Thomaz Belluci (BRA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras (ESP) bt Patrick Kypson (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (11/9), 6-1

Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x24) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA x30) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Women

Second round

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x5) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1

Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO x29) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2

Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Arina Rodionova (AUS) 7-5, 6-3

Venus Williams (USA x9) bt Ocane Dodin (FRA) 7-5, 6-4

Petra Kvitova (CZE x13) bt Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-1, 6-2

Caroline Garcia (FRA x18) bt Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x31) bt Kristyna Pliskova(CZE) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3)

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x3) bt Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) 6-4, 6-0

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3, 6-2

Julia Goerges (GER x30) bt Saisai Zheng (CHN) 6-2, 6-1

Ashleigh Barty (AUS) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-1, 7-6 (9/7)

Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x11) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x16) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-4, 6-4

Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Peng Shuai (CHN x22) 6-0, 6-2

Sofia Kenin (USA) bt Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/0)

Maria Sharapova (RUS) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1

First round

Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Vernica Cepede (PAR) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1

Risa Ozaki (JPN) bt Danielle Lao (USA) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5)

Zhang Shuai (CHN x27) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-0

Jennifer Brady (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Monica Niculescu (ROM) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x14) 6-3, 6-2

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x10) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Sofya Zhuk (RUS) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Brienne Minor (USA) 6-1, 7-5

Coco Vandeweghe (USA x20) bt Alison Riske (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x26) 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4

Nao Hibino (JPN) bt Catherine Bellis (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Kurumi Nara (JPN) bt Sara Sorribes (ESP) 6-1, 6-2

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Markta Vondrousov (CZE) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)

Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-0, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Kayla Day (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Daria Gavrilova (AUS x25) bt Alexandra Kiick (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Elena Vesnina (RUS x17) bt Anna Blinkova (RUS) 6-1, 6-3

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Tatjana Maria (GER) bt Ashley Kratzer (USA) 6-1, 6-1

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-7 (7/9), 6-2, 6-3

Christina McHale (USA) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x19) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

Denisa Allertova (CZE) bt Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

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