New York - Gilles Simon send Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer crashing to his
earliest US Open defeat in five years on Sunday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1,
6-3 win achieved in crushing New York humidity.
The 26th seeded
Simon capitalised on the 52 unforced errors of the 32-year-old Ferrer, a
semi-finalist in 2007 and 2012, who appeared to struggle physically
towards the end of their third-round clash, which was just 10 minutes
short of three hours.
Simon, who goes on to face either Marin
Cilic of Croatia or South Africa's Kevin Anderson for a place in the
quarter-finals, admitted he was delighted to have got the better of
Ferrer against whom he had lost five times in six meetings.
"He destroyed me five times before," said Simon, the 26th seed, one of five Frenchmen to reach the third round.
I just tried to stay loose and relaxed and enjoy myself on court. But I
am tired. The weather forecast said it would be cooler today but it
didn't feel like it.
"We ran so much and I am happy to finish in four sets because I knew that against David it would be really hard in the fifth."
Federer, bidding to become the first man to win six US Open titles,
takes a 2-0 career lead over Spain's Marcel Granollers into their
A win for the 33-year-old Swiss over the world
number 42 would put him into a 14th successive fourth round at Flushing
Meadows. Victory would also give him a 70th win at the tournament.
Granollers made the last-16 in 2013 where he was demolished by Novak Djokovic, winning just three games.
seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, who had never won a match in New York in
three appearances before this year, is a potential quarter-final
opponent of Federer.
The 23-year-old Dimitrov plays Belgium's David Goffin, the world 56, for the first time.
had also never won a match in New York before this year and he comes
into the event buoyed by a recent maiden title in Kitzbuhel and a
quarter-final run at Winston-Salem where he had to qualify.
sixth seed Tomas Berdych, a semi-finalist in 2012, faces Georgian-born
Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili who won his first matches at Flushing
Meadows this year for the first time since 2007.
also throws up an intriguing all-French clash between Davis Cup
teammates Richard Gasquet, the 12th seed, and 20th-seeded Gael Monfils.
Gasquet boasts a 6-4 lead over crowd favourite Monfils who celebrates his 28h birthday on Monday.
has won both of their meetings this year and also claimed their only
other match at the US Open in the fourth round in 2010.
Dominic Thiem of Austria, the youngest player in the top 50 at just 20, is in the third round of a major for the first time.
He takes on experienced left-handed serve-and-volleyer Feliciano Lopez of Spain who is 12 years his senior.