Kevin Anderson defeats Adrian Mannarino in four sets to reach the Australian Open second time
- Kevin Anderson overcame the traditional bad first-round shows on Monday
- The great South African claimed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 on Adrian Mannarino
- Fifth seed Anderson lost six times in the first round in Melbourne
Associated Press Reporter
The fifth seeded Kevin Anderson has overcome the traditional poor first-round performance at Melbourne Park with a victory of 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 and 6-1 against Adrian Mannarino.
Anderson lost six times in the first round, including Kyle Edmund last year. It was the South African first victory in Melbourne since 2015.
He warmed up for the Australian Open by winning his sixth ATP tour title in Pune, India.
Fifth seed head Kevin Anderson takes part in the second round of the Australian Open
The powerful South African set aside previous problems in Melbourne in 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory
Mannarino was upset when Anderson took a long break after the third set and complained to the referee.
The mood of the Frenchman had not improved when he lost his service game to open the fourth set.
Mannarino scored his best performance in Melbourne Park by continuing to the third round last year.
He entered the match on Monday, lost in the first round in Doha and on the Sydney International last week.
Adrian Mannarino claimed the second set but was unable to apply the pressure afterwards