While only two of the Top eight women’s seeds remain in the draw by Day 6 at the US Open, the first high ranked seed to fall from the men’s side was David Ferrer, who lost to Gilles Simon in four sets on Sunday afternoon.
The Spaniard played a surprisingly inconsistent match from the start and racked up a total of 52 unforced errors, which greatly helped the Frenchman’s cause in their match on Louis Armstrong. Simon eventually closed out the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the second time in his career.
While Ferrer, who suffered his earliest exit at the US Open since 2009, conceded that he was beaten by a better man, he complained about the high humidity and the sun in his eyes when serving, which added to his unforced errors count.
“Well, it was tough match today. There is a lot of humidity, very sun, and it was not easy for me. I was not good with my fitness. Nothing else, no? He was better. Gilles is very consistent player; he was top 10 in 2008. He’s a really good player.”
Simon, who has not been to a Grand Slam quarter-final in over 5 years, will look to alter that when he faces Marin Cilic in the fourth round.