Ferrer edges rival after rain delay

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IOL pic sep5 tennis new york ferrer Reuters David Ferrer of Spain celebrates defeating Richard Gasquet of France during their match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York.

New York - Fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat France's Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match that spanned nearly eight hours on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Ferrer withstood two rain delays before completing a straight-set win that took nearly three hours in court time but spanned nearly eight hours to improve his career mark against the 13th-seeded Gasquet to 8-1.

“We almost had to start over two times in the match,” said the 30-year-old Ferrer, a five-time winner on tour this season. “It took a lot of focus.”

It also took a lot of effort in the final game for Ferrer to end the match, clinching his spot in the last eight on his fifth match point when Gasquet sent a backhand long in the fourth-round match in Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The victory made Ferrer the second Spaniard after Rafa Nadal to reach at least the quarter-finals of all four grand slam events in a season since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Ferrer will meet either eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia or 19th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals. - Reuters

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