Countryman Dumps Nadal

Ferrer upsets no. 2 in moonlit marathon, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 5, 2007 8:44 AM CDT
A sparse crowd watches Rafael Nadal of Spain return a volley to David Ferrer of Spain late into the night at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – David Ferrer achieved the biggest victory of a big year last night, eliminating second-ranked Rafael Nadal from the US Open 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 in a 3½-hour match that lasted until nearly 2am. Ferrer's energy wore down Nadal, whose left-knee tendinitis had required daily laser treatment since the tournament began.

Ferrer also defeated world no. 5 Andy Roddick earlier this year in Cincinnati.  He improved to 1-4 against his good friend Nadal and said, "Now I am very tired. To beat Rafa, I have to run a lot. I’m sorry for that, for my friend, for my partner, Rafa." He'll take on Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarters.