One of Day 5’s more interesting pairings pits South Africa’s 26-year old, 21st seed, Kevin Anderson against France’s, 40th ranked Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Anderson possesses a big game but has failed to live up to high expectations. This marks the South African’s 7th trip to Melbourne. He achieved his best finish by reaching the fourth round last year but Roger-Vasselin presents an interesting roadblock.
Anderson works at his craft but has a modest won-lost percentage (136-112). He can upset anyone on tour but he has also fallen victim of the upset. Roger-Vasselin believes he can topple the South African.
The Frenchman has been a second round knockout the last two years, but at 4 wins, 2 losses is off to his best start this year. He edged out a tough 4-set win over respected and fiery adversary Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the first round. On paper, Anderson should advance and we favour him to win but this could be a lengthy encounter that might come down to Anderson’s conditioning. Should be a tight one!