Anderson, Monfils into Wimbledon's last 16

Martyn Herman
South Africa's Kevin Anderson has joined Frenchmen Gael Monfils in the Wimbledon's last 16

South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson and Frenchman Gael Monfils have reached the final 16 at Wimbledon.

It's the fourth time Anderson has made it to this round, but the way played in his 6-3 7-5 7-5 victory over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday suggested he could go further than ever before at the All England Club.

The South African, 32, pressured Kohlschreiber from the start and was gifted an early and decisive break as the German double-faulted and he netted a forehand in the second game.

He also broke at the start of the second set but Kohlschreiber hit back immediately.

Anderson bided his time and broke at 5-5 with a forehand winner and held for a two-set lead.

He got a huge slice of luck at 5-5 in the third set when his backhand return flopped off the net tape and over to earn him the break and he served out to love, clenching his first and roaring his delight as Kohlschreiber's return flew long.

Anderson, the only African left in the singles draws, will face Frenchman Gael Monfils for a place in the last eight.

Gael Monfils also advanced to the fourth round for the first time after knocking out last year's semifinalist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Having reached the third round at the All England Club for the seventh time, Monfils finally went a step further to complete a full set of last 16 Grand Slam appearances.

The Frenchman reached the semifinals at the 2008 French Open and the 2016 U.S. Open. He also made it to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2016.

Having made 13 unforced errors as he lost the opening set, the 44th-ranked Monfils made just eight more and didn't face a break point for the rest of the match.

Earlier on Friday, fourth seed Alexander Zverev reached the third round for the third year in succession when he came from 2-1 down to complete a 6-4 5-7 6-7(0) 6-1 6-2 victory over Taylor Fritz in their suspended match.

The second-round clash, which lasted three hours 12 minutes, was suspended on Thursday evening in fading light with the 20-year-old American Fritz leading 2-1 after taking a marathon third set when he dominated the tiebreak, winning it 7-0.