Kevin Anderson survived his first-round match at the Australian Open beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 on Monday.
The fifth seed did not have it all his way with Mannarino putting up a valiant fight in the second set breaking twice.
Anderson kept his cool with the two equal on a set apiece with the South African finding his rhythm securing the victory dropping just three games.
The victory comes at relief to the world number six after he failed to make it past the first round in 2018 bowing the knee to eventual semi-finalist Kyle Edmund.
“It was really hot out here. I thought we were going to hit the heat rule
butno luck,” said Anderson.
“I was up a break in that second set and just let it get away a little bit. I was happy with the way I was able to reset.”
He will next go up against American Frances Tiafoe, who has lost against Anderson in all three of their encounters in 2018.
Buoyed by an excellent 2018 which saw him feature in the Wimbledon final while he also won two titles.
Anderson won his sixth ATP Tour title at the Tata Open Maharashtra at the beginning of this month.
“Every day I push myself to get better and better,” Anderson said.
“You’ve got to come out here and win the match. It is a difficult challenge but that is what it is all about.”
South Africa’s second-best singles player Lloyd Harris will take on Russian sensation Daniil Medvedev, ranked 16th in the world, in his opening Australian Open match early on Tuesday morning.
Harris is making an appearance at his second Grand Slam after qualifying for the main draw at the 2018 US Open where he lost his opening match 2-6 2-6 3-6 against former world number six Gilles Simon of France.