Battling in tough conditions, Kevin Anderson clinched a hard-fought victory in his opening match on Monday night, but there was no luck for debutant Lloyd Harris, as South Africa’s campaign got off to a wobbly start at the US Open.
Anderson was made to work hard in a four-hour battle against American opponent Ryan Harrison, and though he found himself two sets down at the end of the third, he clawed his way back to earn a 7-6 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4 win.
“It was so hot and humid and I was losing so much fluid it made it real tough,” Anderson said.
Eager to replicate his fine run last year when he reached the final at Flushing Meadows, Anderson was set to take his next step against experienced Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the second round on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, making his Grand Slam debut, 21-year-old Lloyd Harris crashed out in his first-round match.
Harris, who did not lose a set in the qualifying rounds last week, went down in a 2-6 2-6 3-6 defeat to former world No 6 Gilles Simon of France.
Another South African hopeful, doubles specialist Raven Klaasen, was set to join Michael Venus of New Zealand in their opening fixture against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and John Millman of Australia later in the week.