South Africa's Kevin Anderson bowed out of the Australian Open on Thursday after a second round defeat to 29th-seeded American Taylor Fritz.
Anderson, who is enjoying a strong start to 2020 after injuries resulted in his world ranking slipping to 122, had looked in control against the 22-year-old American, ranked 34 in the world, before letting a two-set advantage slip as he lost 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 2-6, 2-6 on the 1573 Arena.
He has never been past the fourth round at the first Grand Slam event of the year, and in the last three attempts has been eliminated in the first and second rounds (twice), respectively.
Fritz will next face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem - a player Anderson would not have minded facing as the South African boasts a 7-2 win-loss record against Thiem.
South Africa's other singles contestant, Lloyd Harris, lost in the first round to Argentine 14th-seed Diego Schwartzman.
Anderson?? denied 3rd round spot!— Tennis South Africa (@TennisSA) January 23, 2020
The American 29th seed Taylor Fritz recovered from two sets down to prevail 4-6 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-2 against Anderson in the @AustralianOpen second round.
Next up for Anderson is the #SowetoTennisShowdown in Soweto on February 2.#AO2020 l #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qtbBswmPQD