Kevin Anderson outlasts Ryan Harrison while Canadian star suffers US Open heartbreak

Kevin Anderson looks on

Kevin Anderson was forced to dig deep once again at a Grad Slam as he outlasted Ryan Harrison at the US Open.

The South African, who finished runner-up at Flushing Meadows last year, was involved in some lengthy tussels en-route to the Wimbledon final this year, and that trend continued in New York.

Anderson had to overcome what appeared to be early cramps before eventually coming out on top 7-6 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Elsewhere, the battle of Canadiab teenagers between Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime ended prematurely with the latter forced to retire with injury.

It was almost too much for Auger-Aliassime, who could not hold back the tears.

“I told him at the net hopefully one day we’ll be playing in the finals of this tournament,” Shapovalov said.

“I told him to keep his head up. We’re going to have so many matches together. Obviously it’s never easy playing against him because he’s such a close friend of mine.”

In the pick of other first round results, Milos Raonic beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 6-4 1-6 6-3, and Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-6 6-4.

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