Ferrer downs Gasquet to enter quarters

Sep 06, 2012, 08:33 IST | AFP

Spain's David Ferrer reached his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final of 2012 on Tuesday when he beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in a rain-hit US Open last-16 tie which took over seven hours to complete

Ferrer, the top-ranked Spaniard in New York in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, saw off 13th-seeded Frenchman Gasquet in two hours and 54 minutes of playing time.

David Ferrer
David Ferrer celebrates after beating Richard Gasquet. PIC/AFP

But two lengthy rain delays meant the tie, which started shortly after 1:15 p.m. local time, did not finish until just before 8:30 p.m.

Fourth seed Ferrer will face either Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic or Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German 19th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.

“The rain made it very difficult,” said Ferrer. “But the fans have been great and I wanted to win it for them.”

The 30-year-old Ferrer took a 7-1 career lead over Gasquet into the last-16 tie, having also triumphed at the same stage at the Australian Open this year.

He made that 8-1 on a fifth match point on a damp and humid Louis Armstrong Stadium. Ferrer was a semi-finalist in New York in 2007.

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