Ferrer marches into round three at Flushing Meadows, Johnson beats Gulbis

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David Ferrer progressed into third round at Flushing Meadows without losing a set. Domestic player Steve Johnson came back after being a set down.

Fourth-seeded Spaniard Ferrer has yet to lose a set at this year’s US Open. Dutch Igor Sijsling was no match for the Spaniard who was in complete control of the match from the very beginning, taking the first two sets with ease after roughly one hour of play. Furthermore, he broke Sijsling’s serve in third game of the third set, but could not confirm it, so tie-break was ultimately needed to separate the players. Both of them had several chances to take the set, yet in the end the more experienced Ferrer converted his fifth match point and secured his third round spot with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (12) triumph. Sijsling won more net points (24-17), but has made more than twice as many unforced errors as Ferrer.

World No. 245 American wild card holder Steve Johnson has won his second ever US Open match which enabled him to proceed into the third round. Latvian Ernests Gulbis may have hit 24 aces (Johnson 15), producing more winners and less unforced errors than Johnson, but was unable to make use of any of his nine break point opportunities. After the Latvian managed to take the first set in the tiebreak, Johnson responded in the very same way, fighting hard to prevail in the second set ‘breaker’, levelling the match at one set apiece after little less than two hours of play. 22-years old American then grabbed a break in each of the next two sets to complete one of the biggest achievements of his short career. End result: 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-4.

Johnson will try to upset Richard Gasquet in third round, while Ferrer will play the better of Muller-Hewitt pair next.

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