9/5/12 5:12 AM | Ricky Dimon
David Ferrer is the first and only man in the bottom section of the draw through to the quarterfinals as he defeats Richard Gasquet on Tuesday in New York. Ferrer awaits either Janko Tipsarevic or Philipp Kohlschreiber.
David Ferrer was the only player to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals on a rain-soaked Tuesday, as he defeated Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6(2), 6-4. Ferrer needed two hours and 54 minutes of play--but more than seven hours of actual time--to get the job done.
Traditional bad weather in the second week of the tournament pushed back the start of the match by an hour and caused delays twice in the third set; at 2-2 and next with Gasquet ahead 4-3.
Ferrer handled the stoppages and played the big points better than his opponent, thus paving the way to victory. The fourth-seeded Spaniard broke at 5-5 in the first set, battled back from 2-5 down and saved five set points in the second, then seized another crucial break at 4-4 in the third.
"I think I have luck in important moments because I was tonight set points down in the second set," Ferrer explained. "So I think in important moments I played good, but of course I had luck."
Ferrer has saved set points to eventually win a set in all four of his matches so far in Flushing Meadows; against Kevin Anderson (a straight-setter), Igor Sijsling (a straight-setter), and Lleyton Hewitt (a four-setter). The world No. 5 is the third player--along with Roger Federer and Andy Murray--to reach the quarterfinals of all four slams this season.
"I'm very happy for that," said Ferrer. "This season (has been) the best of all my career. I'm playing consistent all the year."
Next up for Ferrer is either Janko Tipsarevic or Philipp Kohlschreiber. Tipsarevic leads their suspended match 5-2 in the first set.
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