Rublev eases past Anderson to reach fourth round in Paris

Andrey Rublev claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson to cruise into the fourth round of the French Open.

Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev's win over Kevin Anderson has secured his maiden fourth round appearance at the French Open.   -  Getty Images

Russian Andrey Rublev strolled into the fourth round of the French Open with a facile 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over South African Kevin Anderson on Saturday.

He was joined by compatriot Karen Khachanov after the 15th seed ousted Chile's Cristian Garin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the round four in as many appearances at Roland Garros.

“Good to keep doing the consistency here in Paris,” said Khachanov, who faces Serbian top seed Novak Djokovic next.

“Whenever I come here I feel good, feeling that I need to work on the points, on the matches, just trying to be positive match-by-match. It feels good to be in the second week of a slam this year.”

Rublev, seeded 13th at Roland Garros, had lost his only previous meeting against two-time Grand Slam finalist Anderson at the 2015 US Open but did not face a single breakpoint against the 34-year-old on Court Simonne Mathieu.

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The 22-year-old, who arrived in Paris after winning the ATP title in Hamburg by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, broke Anderson's serve once in the opening set and twice in the next two to complete the win in an hour and 34 minutes.

In his first appearance in the fourth round of the claycourt Grand Slam, former junior world number one Rublev will play the winner of the third round match between Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

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