Arthur Ashe ticket holders didn't get to see a superstar on Thursday afternoon at the US Open but, instead, they got a rattling good tennis match played out by two incredible athletes that lasted 4 hours and 31 minutes.
David Ferrer, the oft-overlooked Spaniard who will be trying to fill Rafael Nadal's shoes in Davis Cup play for Spain against the US in just eight days, ended up the victor, somehow outlasting Serbia's second player, Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).
Tipsarevic, the Serb who lives in Novak Djokovic's shadow just as Ferrer lives in Nadal's, played some of the best tennis of his life and seemed to be heading toward his first Grand Slam semifinal when he led 4-1 in the fifth set. Then his foot went from under him and he fell heavily on the hard surface. He appeared to be all right but, a game later he needed to have his right thigh taped.
"I don't want to blame the fall, the fact that I got broken at 4-2," said Tipsarev...