Kevin Anderson beats Adrian Mannarino in four sets to reach Australian Open second-round
- Kevin Anderson overcame traditional poor first-round showings on Monday
- The big-serving South African claimed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 over Adrian Mannarino
- Fifth-seed Anderson has lost in first-round in Melbourne six times previously
Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson has overcome traditional poor first-round performances at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Adrian Mannarino.
Anderson has lost in the first round here six times, including to Kyle Edmund last year. It was the South African’s first win in Melbourne since 2015.
He warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his sixth ATP tour title at Pune, India.
Fifth seed Kevin Anderson is into the second round of the Australian Open
The big-serving South African put previous Melbourne troubles aside in 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win
Mannarino became upset when Anderson took a lengthy bathroom break after the third set, complaining to the umpire.
The Frenchman’s mood wasn’t improved when he lost his service game to open the fourth set.
Mannarino recorded his best performance at Melbourne Park by advancing to the third-round last year.
He went into Monday’s match having lost in the first round at Doha and at last week’s Sydney International.
Adrian Mannarino claimed the second set but was unable to apply the pressure afterwards