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Sport24.co.za | Anderson books spot in US Open last 16

Sport24.co.za | Anderson books spot in US Open last 16
Sport24.co.za | Anderson books spot in US Open last 16

New York - South Africa's Kevin Anderson outlasted Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov to reach the US Open round of 16 on Friday.

In a match that lasted three hours and 43 minutes, the tall South African prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 as the roof on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium was closed for the first time.

"Felt like being in a coliseum. Constant noise going on the whole time," said Anderson after his second five-setter in three rounds.

The fifth seed, who lost last year's final to world No 1 Rafael Nadal, next faces ninth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who made the last 16 for the fourth time in five years with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over American Taylor Fritz.

Thiem has now put together three wins in a row for the first time since finishing runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros.

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