Simon beats Ferrer to register first men's upset

Sun Aug 31, 2014 5:30pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Frenchman Gilles Simon delivered the first big surprise in the men's draw at the U.S. Open, taking down fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3 to move into the fourth round on a sweltering Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

With the loss. Ferrer earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first top 10 men's seed to be sent home from the year's final grand slam while Simon moves on to face big-serving Croatian Marin Cilic, who was a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 winner over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

A well-rested Ferrer, who reached the third round in a walkover after Australian Bernard Tomic withdrew with a hip injury, got off to a sluggish start then fought back to take the second.

But by the end of the nearly three-hour clash a distressed Ferrer was hunched over the courtside timing board between points dripping in sweat. The 26th seeded Simon finished off the exhausted Spaniard on his third match point.

"It was really, really difficult to play today," said Simon. "I feel it was one of the hardest days for me on the court because it was hot and it was so humid.

"I never sweat like this in the last 10 years. So it was really difficult.

"So, yeah, to play David in this condition is really demanding physically.

"At one point I was really tired. I felt it would be difficult. But then I had more energy; I felt he was in trouble, also."   Continued...

 
Gilles Simon of France waves after his win over David Ferrer of Spain during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 31, 2014.      REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz