Following competitive match-ups in their respective encounters on Wednesday afternoon, Jerzy Janowicz and Kevin Anderson will cross paths for a spot in the third round of the US Open. This is just the second time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Anderson leading the head-to-head series 1-0.
While he would suffer a slight lapse in concentration during the midway point of the match, Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz managed a strong start to his campaing in New York, as he defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a second round contest with his South African adversary. Janowicz hit 20 aces, 73% of his first service points and 58 winners to close out the match.
World No. 20 Kevin Anderson had an even harder time on court in his opening match at Flushing Meadows, as he was forced to rally from a break down in the fifth set to secure the 6-3, 6-7(3), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1) win over Pablo Cuevas. The South African hit a whopping 29 aces and 61 winners to close out the match in 4 hours and 2 minutes.
The win maintains his consistency at Grand Slam events, as he has reached the fourth round in five of his last seven Grand Slam appearances.
This marks just the second time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Anderson leading the head-to-head series 1-0. That victory took place last year at the Monte Carlo Masters event on clay.
Prediction: Kevin Anderson in Five Sets