South-African tennis ace Kevin Anderson was satisfied with the way he performed against France's Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows. The world No. 5 handed the Frenchman a straight-set defeat 6-2 6-4 6-4 to reach the US Open third round.
Anderson blew five match points on his serve in the 10th game of the third set but made no mistakes on the sixth match point to seal the win on an extremely hot and humid day in New York. The South-African hit 18 aces, fired 39 winners and didn't face a single break point in an hour and 57 minutes of play.
It was the fourth-ever meeting between the two good friends. 2018 Wimbledon runner-up Anderson now leads the head-to-head against Chardy 3-1. The Frenchman beat Anderson in their first meeting in Tokyo four years ago but has since lost four matches against the South-African.
"It was pretty hot out here today. The ball was flying around a bit. The last game was obviously a little tricky, but overall, I played a great match. It’s always tough playing Jeremy. He's a great friend of mine," Anderson said post-match.
Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson is set to clash next against Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov. The 19-year-old came from 2-1 sets down to beat Italian Andreas Seppi and reach the US Open third round for the second year in a row.