2014/08/31

Qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov Defeats Seventh Seed David Ferrer in Five Sets

 

(June 25, 2014) Seventh seed David Ferrer’s streak of reaching 17 straight Grand Slam tournament third rounds has been snapped. The Spaniard fell to No. 118, Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 6-7 (5), 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday at Wimbledon.

For the Russian it’s his first victory over a top 10 player.

“It’s a very, very big victory against a top 10 player.  First time in my life.

“But one year ago it was a victory against Juan Monaco.  He was like 12 back then, so I do have some experience maybe similar.”

Kuznetsov won the Junior Wimbledon title back in 2009, so he is no stranger to the grass courts.

“I do like the grass very much,” he said.  “I had some good victories on grass.”

For Ferrer who came into the tournament after not playing a warm-up tournament due to an ailment, he’s disappointed.

“The match, I lost because my opponent, he was better,” Ferrer said.  I think I did a good game.  But he surprised to me and he play very good.  A lot of winners.

“In important moments, he was more aggressive than me.”

“I tried to do my best,” he said.  “I lost.  This is a game.  It’s not the end of the world.”

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