Johannesburg - Kevin Anderson reached the third round of the French Open after fighting back to beat Russian Evgeny Donskoy at Roland Garros on Wednesday.
The only South African remaining in the singles draw of the Grand Slam tournament, Anderson lost the first set in a tie-break but regained his composure to secure a 6-7, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 victory in the second-round clash.
Anderson will face either Canadian Milos Raonic, the world number 16, or Frenchman Michael Llodra in the third round.
Meanwhile, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survived a first-set scare to advance
into the third round of the French Open with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 win
against Finn Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday.
Tsonga, the last French man to reach a grand slam final at the 2008
Australian Open final, next faces either French 25th seed Jeremy Chardy
or Spain's Robert Bautista Agut.
Tsonga saved a set point in the
first-set tiebreak but then turned up the power and never looked back on
a chilly Court Philippe Chatrier.
He ended the contest on his first match point with a backhand passing shot after less than two hours.
"I was opportunistic, I made the most of my chances," Tsonga told a courtside interviewer.
on Wednesday, Gael Monfils, who eliminated Czech fifth seed Tomas
Berdych in the first round, takes on Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.
Julien Benneteau, the 30th seed, faces German Tobias Kamke in the second round.
last French man to win a grand slam singles title was Yannick Noah, who
won the French Open in 1983. Henri Leconte was the last French man to
reach the singles final at Roland Garros, in 1988.