Kevin Anderson came close to disaster on Wednesday but survived into the quarter-finals at the Estoril Open after wasting five match points.
The former Wimbledon finalist whose ranking has sunk to 105 after a run of injuries, managed to squeeze out a 6-3, 7-6(4), defeat of 93rd-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena.
Victory in just under two hours with a dozen aces saved the day for Anderson, playing only his seventh match of the season.
The South African was unable to convert o five match points while serving for the match with a lead of a set and 5-4.
Instead, he had to win a tiebreaker to finally secure the win at a tournament where he reached the semi-finals in 2017.
Carballes Baena entered the clay field as a lucky loser after Kei Nishikori withdrew injured.
Main photo:- Kevin Anderson was a losing Wimbledon finalist – by Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd