The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Tennis: Ferrer in quarter-final after 7-hour on-off epic


NEW YORK (AFP) - Spain's David Ferrer reached his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final of 2012 on Tuesday when he beat Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in a rain-hit United States (US) Open last-16 tie which took over seven hours to complete.

Ferrer, the top-ranked Spaniard in New York in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, saw off 13th-seeded Frenchman Gasquet in two hours and 54 minutes of playing time.

But two lengthy rain delays meant the tie, which started shortly after 1.15pm local time (1.30pm Singapore time), did not finish until just before 8.30pm.

Fourth seed Ferrer will face either Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic or Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German 19th seed, for a place in the semi-finals.