Ferrer crashes out

Fourth seed David Ferrer became the first top-10 man to go out of the US Open in a third-round loss to France's Gilles Simon.

David Ferrer blamed his lack of fitness for his exit (AP)
David Ferrer blamed his lack of fitness for his exit (AP)

Ferrer, whose relentlessness is legendary, really struggled in hot and humid conditions in New York and went down 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3.

Having made 10 straight grand slam quarter-finals, the 32-year-old has now failed to get past the third round at the last two.

It was an overdue big win at a slam for the talented Simon, whose only previous appearance in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows came in 2011, when he lost to John Isner.

Ferrer said: "It was a tough match today. There is a lot of humidity, very sunny, and it was not easy for me. I was not good with my fitness. He was better."