Paris — Kevin Anderson will tower over French Open fourth-round opponent Diego Schwartzman on Monday but the big South African insists the Argentine’s short stature should not be interpreted as a weakness. World No7 Anderson, at 2.02m, faces 1.7m Schwartzman, in his bid to make the quarter-finals for the first time in Paris. On paper, it should be straightforward. Anderson, the first South African man to make the US Open final in 52 years when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2017, has a 2-0 record over Schwartzman. One of those wins came on clay in Nice in 2016. At 2018’s French Open, Anderson has fired 57 aces and been broken just twice while Schwartzman has just nine aces. But the Argentine has won all three rounds in straight sets while Anderson needed four to see off Pablo Cuevas and Mischa Zverev. Regarding their respective statures, Anderson therefore has no time for those who say a player has to stand tall to be successful. "What makes him so good is he’s one of the ...

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