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Kevin Anderson is looking to defend his points from a fourth-round appearance in 2013. Clay does not support his power game, but the South African has a nice draw to get back to the fourth round once again.
He will take on Axel Michon in Round 2. This should not be a problem match for Anderson, as Michon has only won one match above the challenger ranks.
He would then take on qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer or Ivo Karlovic. I like Anderson to beat either of them. Haider-Maurer is ranked outside the top 100 and has won only two matches entering the French Open.
Karlovic is a difficult match for anyone, as one can never really get a rhythm. However, the clay will actually benefit Anderson here, as it will neutralize the Karlovic serve. Clay is the only surface where Karlovic has a win percentage under 50 percent at just 42 percent.
This would likely set up a rematch of Anderson's fourth-round match in 2013 against David Ferrer. Ferrer dismantled Anderson 6-3, 6-1, 6-1. It would be a tough task for Anderson on clay, but he has beaten Ferrer twice on other surfaces.
If he manages to pull off the upset, he would play an even better Spaniard. Rafael Nadal would likely be waiting for him in the quarterfinals.