New York: Juan Carlos Ferrero outlasted seventh-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the U.S. Open third round after a thrilling match that lasted nearly five hours.
The crowd of more than 10,000 in Louis Armstrong Stadium saluted both players with a standing ovation that lasted more than a minute before the final game, which the 31-year-old Ferrero served out at love. He briefly reached No. 1 eight years ago, but the Spaniard has missed most of this season with a series of injuries and is ranked 105th.
"When it was 5-4 in the fifth set, I felt very special on the court," he said. "I mean, when you saw this crowd enjoying all the time during the match. They love this kind of match, so it's great to be in there."