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Anderson 1st South African in 4th round since '96

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PARIS (AP)

Kevin Anderson beat 14th-seeded Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Friday to become the first South African to reach the French Open fourth round since 1996.

Wayne Ferreira was the last South African to reach the fourth round, and another win for Anderson will see him match Cliff Drysdale's feat as the last to reach the quarterfinals in 1967.

''Wayne is a great player to aspire (to) and try and reach some of his achievements he made,'' Anderson said. ''He was a great player, and (I've) still obviously got a long way to go to match some of his other achievements. But being in the fourth round is great. A of lot people think clay is not a surface I enjoy playing on.''

The 23rd-seeded Anderson has won two career titles compared to Ferreira's 15, and he faces a tall order as his next opponent is Spanish clay-court expert David Ferrer, seeded fourth.

They are 1-1 but both of those matches were on hard courts and Ferrer is far the better player on clay, having reached the semifinals at Roland Garros last year.

''He's definitely one of the best players in the world obviously, and on clay courts he can be even tougher,'' Anderson said. ''I played a good match against him at Indian Wells this year, so I'll definitely look back at that match and see what I did well. Clay court is a little bit different.''

Raonic had more aces than his opponent - 16 compared to eight - and also produced more winners - 50 against 31. But the Canadian also made more unforced errors, 38 of them compared to Anderson's 15, and had his serve broken three times.

''I just lacked execution and just struggled a little bit ... especially having a break up in that third. I shouldn't have let that slip,'' Raonic said. ''He's been playing pretty well on clay and this year in general. He's been winning pretty much all the matches he should win.''

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