David Ferrer will look to further his campaign in New York on Sunday afternoon when he encounters Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round of the tournament. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head 5-1, with Simon’s only win dating back to 2011.
The US Open fourth seed reached the third round of the tournament without so much as lifting his racquet, as his opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew from the contest several hours ahead of its scheduled start time. The Australian appeared to be suffering from some pain in his hip and did not want to agitate his hip further during the contest, particularly after undergoing double hip surgery earlier in the year.
“I was sick for the last 10 days,” Tomic explained in a press conference. “It was difficult having the flu, but my hip’s a little bit not in shape. I’m feeling it inside. So I did the best thing not to play. You know, I don’t want to muck around with that area. For sure something is there. I’ve got to get it checked. Got to get it analyzed the next few days. I’ve got to look into it and see what’s wrong, because I’m definitely feeling something in that area. For me, it’s not good right now. It’s painful.”
Unfortunately, France’s Gilles Simon was not allotted the same sort of luck, as he contested a four-set match-up against Federico Delbonis before closing out the match 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
The most competitive meeting between these two players was the one that Simon won in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters back in 2011. Their last two encounters which took place on clay and hard courts but both ended in straight sets favouring the Spaniard. Tomorrow’s match will likely be more of the same. If one was to consider a potential upset, it would be because of Ferrer’s recent inconsistency and not because of Simon’s odds against him.
Prediction: David Ferrer in Straight Sets