Gilles Simon beats David Ferrer at the US Open, Marin Cilic through

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The 2007 and 2012 US Open semi-finalist David Ferrer stumbled in the third round this year as he was somewhat surprisingly defeated by 26th-seeded Gilles Simon for the second time in seven matches. The Frenchman first struck in the seventh game of the opener and went 5-3 up after rescuing three break back points. He closed out the set by breaking again and continued the run to make it 2-0 in the second set. However, the break remained unconfirmed and the fourth seed Spaniard capitalized on the momentum to march through the rest of the set and level the score. He was unable to maintain that level of play, though, and suffered three successive losses of serve before his 29-year-old rival restored the advantage. The French athlete further helped his cause by claiming a break in the sixth game of the set four and while Ferrer created a couple of chances to claw back, he fell short on both occasions to allow Simon securing a deserved 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

In the last 16, he will cross paths with Marin Cilic, seeded fourteenth. In the clash of big-serving opponents the Croat eliminated Kevin Anderson of South Africa. The players hit 25 aces between them (13-12 in the favor of the victor) and conceded 15 double faults (8-7), whilst the key difference might have been a very high number of unforced errors committed by the eighteenth-seeded South African (53-34). He recovered after giving away the opener, but was unable to deliver in the crucial moments of the next two sets which enabled the Croatian number one to wrap up the proceedings by winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after three hours of tennis.

Despite smashing 42 aces, the last American hope John Isner bowed out of the New York Grand Slam tournament on Saturday following a four-set loss against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. The thirteenth-seeded US player surely felt that he was harshly done as he kept his serve intact throughout the third round meeting, yet the seed number twenty-two German stood his ground in all three tie-breaks to record a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory and set up a last 16 showdown versus top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

Stan Wawrinka’s fourth-round challenger will be sixteenth seed Tommy Robredo of Spain who came back from a set down to dismiss the talented Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

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