It was a successful day for the small South African contingent, as singles ace Kevin Anderson and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen negotiated their way safely through their matches at the US Open in New York on Wednesday.
Anderson, the No 5 seed, had no trouble racing to a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory over experienced Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in their second-round encounter.
He was set to face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who produced a stunning performance to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year, in round three.
“It was pretty hot out here today. The ball was flying around a bit,” Anderson said.
“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.”
Earlier, Klaasen and Michael Venus of New Zealand coasted through the opening round of the men’s doubles competition.
The No 8 seeds earned a 6-2 6-2 win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and John Millman of Australia.
They were due to face either the pairing of Argentine Maximo Gonzalez and Chilean Nicolas Jarry, or David Marrero of Spain and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.