IN THIRD ROUND: Kevin Anderson

Anderson advanced to the third round of the competition on Wednesday night after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets - 6-3, 7-6 and 6-3.

He will now face Belgian Ruben Bemelmans today.

Of spending some time on the sideline, Anderson tells ESPN: “I think in some aspects it did help.

“I think in some ways it was a little tougher because I was consulting with so many doctors about the hip and there was quite a lot of uncertainty.

“I ended up going the conservative route [and not undergoing surgery], which is a full year.

“It wasn’t maybe as refreshing as a three-month break could be where you are just relaxing.

“I was spending an exorbitant amount of time per day in rehab and then training and getting back.

“I guess in some aspects it helped.

“I feel like at least now I’ve got to a spot where my body feels healthy and I’m regaining my level and getting close to playing the kind of tennis I want to be playing.”

Meanwhile, three-time champion Novak Djokovic cruised past Czech Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 yesterday to reach round three for the ninth year in a row.

Second-seed Djokovic took his win-loss record to 18-1 at the Championships since 2014.

Spaniard David Ferrer also made it to Round Three with min moeite after his opponent, Steve Darcis, was forced to withdraw with a back problem.

Ferrer led 3-0 after just 18 minutes of action.