July 31, 2015

Ferrer Grinds Past Hewitt to Gain Round of 16

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY –  World No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain pushed past former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the round of 16 at the US Open on Sunday.

Both men played like baseline warriors. However, Hewitt committed 72 unforced errors and wasted 5 set points in the first set tiebreaker.  The Australian has been dealing with foot and groin injuries this year.

“I fought hard to get back into the first set,” Hewitt said. “Early on he wasn’t giving me any cheap points out there. It was tough to get games. His depth was exceptional right from the word go. I was fighting hard to sort of just stay in touch in the first set, and then I started putting a bit more pressure on him. Got back on level terms, and then, yeah, for most of the tiebreak I was on top obviously. Yeah, could have gone either way. Yeah, I’m not saying I was going to win, but if I’d won the first set would have made life a bit easier.”

“Maybe the first set was the key, no?,” said Ferrer. “When I won the first set, almost one hour and a half, was very tough. In the second, he won me the second set, but I think he was more tired than me, no? So in the third and in the fourth I played with more power. I changed my forehand to forehand him, and the fourth he was really tired, no? I think he was a little bit tired.

“But I think I got lucky in some moments, no? When was 6‑5 for him, he had one easy ball, a forehand, and he did easy mistake, no? I take my time, and, you know, the first set was very, very close. I was winning 4‑2 or 3‑1. I had a lot of break points and I didn’t make it. You know, it was really close. I think the key was in the first set.”

Ferrer has won five titles this season.

He will go on to play Richard Gasquet who beat Steve Johnson in straight sets.