South Africa experienced mixed fortunes in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.
Kevin Anderson through to third round
It was the veteran who prevailed in his tie, overcoming his opponent in a thrilling five-set encounter.
In what turned out to be a marathon contest, lasting three hours and 12 minutes, Anderson raced to a two-set lead before Lajovic fought back to take the third.
The Serb kept the former world number three further at bay in the fourth set.
It was “winner takes all” in the fifth, where Anderson posted a dominant display to win 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.
Unseeded for the tournament, he moves to the third-round, where he will come up against 13th seed Russian, Andrey Rublev.
Lloyd Harris crashes out
Elsewhere, Anderson’s compatriot, Lloyd Harris failed to progress to the next round, despite a valiant effort.
The 23-year-old lasted four sets, rallying back to win the second after conceding the first.
That proved to be as good as it got for the Capetonian, who could not replicate his straight-set victory in the first round, with Berrettini taking the tie 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6 in the end.
More SA representation in French Open
Another South African is set to fly the SA flag at Roland Garros in the coming days.
Seventeen-year-old Kholo Montsi will be in action at the French Open Junior Tennis Championship, which begins on Sunday, 4 October.
The teenager is set to make history by becoming the first black African to take part in the competition.
French Open second round select results
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
Matteo Berrettini (ITA x7) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Dusan Lajovic (SRB x22) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3
Andrey Rublev (RUS x13) bt Alejandro Davidovich (ESP) 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x18) bt Andrej Martin (SVK) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP x11) bt Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 6-3, 6-2
Sofia Kenin (USA x4) bt Ana Bogdan (ROU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Petra Kvitova (CZE x7) bt Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-3, 6-3
Paula Badosa (ESP) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x29) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2