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Taylor Fritz reaches the third round at the Australian Open for the second time on Thursday night.

Fritz Rallies From Two Sets Down To Beat Anderson

American to next face No. 5 Thiem

Taylor Fritz has won two five-set matches in his young career, and both times he's come back from two sets down.

The 22-year-old American rallied to beat former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday night at the Australian Open. Fritz hit 55 winners to 27 unforced errors and broke the South African five times to make the third round at a Grand Slam for the third time (2019 Australian Open, 2018 US Open).

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I felt it was really unlucky to not win the second. I had lots of chances to break," said Fritz, who was zero for five on break points in the second set. “I just told myself after I won the third, 'I'm only going to be playing better."

Anderson was playing in his second tournament since Wimbledon last July. The 33-year-old needed nearly four hours to win his first-round match against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

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"That was huge for me. He played a really tough five setter just the other day and then obviously coming back... going back-to-back five setters is going to be tougher for him than usual," Fritz said. "I felt fresh, so I just told myself, 'I have to keep running'."

Fritz has never reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam. The 2019 Eastbourne champion will face World No. 5 Dominic Thiem in the third round.