• Ferrer, Hewitt face off for U.S. Open fourth-round spot

    9/2/12 2:34 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Ferrer, Hewitt face off for U.S. Open fourth-round spot The clock will be turned backed just a little bit on Sunday in Flushing Meadows. David Ferrer is set to face fellow veteran Lleyton Hewitt during third-round action.

    They are both north of 30 years old. They've both been around forever, have been staples of the Top 5 of the world rankings, and have been deep just about every tournament. But David Ferrer and Lleyton Hewitt have squared off only twice in their illustrious careers.

    Both previous meetings came at Grand Slams and neither one disappointed. Hewitt prevailed 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at Wimbledon in 2006 before Ferrer got revenge two seasons later with a 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 French Open victory. They will go head-to-head again on Sunday in the U.S. Open third round.

    Hewitt has been slowed in recent years by a plethora of injuries and surgeries, but the two-time major champion doesn't appear that close to being finished. Recent strong play includes a runner-up in Newport and a third-round showing at the Olympics, where he took a set off Novak Djokovic. So far in Flushing Meadows he has taken out Tobias Kamke and Gilles Muller (6-4 in the fifth).

    One year younger than his opponent at an even 30, Ferrer has never slowed down. The Spaniard registers at No. 5 in the world and he is seeded fourth this fortnight due to Rafael Nadal's withdrawal. Convincing wins over Kevin Anderson and Igor Sijsling leave Ferrer's 2012 record at an awesome 54-11.

    This should be a baseline war of attrition at its finest. The difference is that Ferrer is physically fitter and coming off routine victories, while Hewitt fought bravely past Muller in a grueling thriller on Friday. As such, count on Ferrer getting the job done in four sets.

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Both Hewitt and Ferrer have similar styles. Very interesting match.

nadline , 9/2/12 7:42 PM

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