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Anderson suffers shock Australian Open defeat

News24
16 Jan 2019, 15:37 GMT+10

Melbourne - South Africa's Kevin Anderson was upset by unseeded American Frances Tiafoe in the Australian Open second round on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Tiafoe, who is ranked 39th on the ATP Tour rankings, shocked the fifth-seeded Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.

Anderson had gone into the match holding a 3-0 head-to-head advantage against Tiafoe and was looking good leading by a set and 3-0 before his game started to unravel.

Anderson hit 50 winners but made an uncharacteristic 35 unforced errors.

Meanwhile, South Africa's other participant in the men's singles, Lloyd Harris, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Russia's Daniil Medvedev in the first round on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Harris, who qualified for the main draw, was beaten 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 by the 15th-seeded Russian.

In the men's doubles, South Africa's Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus opened their campaign with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win against American Bradley Klahn and Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin.

Klaasen and Venus are the sixth seeds.

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