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3rd September
written by kat

3 September 2004
NEW YORK : Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, last year’s runner-up, was upset by Austria’s Stefan Koubek 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-3 in the second round of the 17.8 million dollar US Open.
This was the third match in the past couple of months between them, with the 27-year-old Koubek now having won two of those.
Ferrero, the 2003 Roland Garros champion, was playing in the US Open for the sixth straight year. Ferrero has been hobbled by injuries and illness after a stellar season last year.
“I was fighting a lot and I won the second and third set but then I started to feel a pain in my leg,” Ferrero said. “I couldn’t serve and move very well because of my leg.
“I am not happy with my year. This year is almost finished and I just want to forget it.
“I have some more tournaments to play but this has not been a good year for me.”
Koubek hammered 13 aces and blasted 62 winners in the four hour, two minute match.
The loss by seventh seeded Ferrero ends any chance of a rematch of the 2003 final between Ferrero and American Andy Roddick. Ferrero was in the same side of the draw as Roddick and they could have squared off in the quarters.
A disappointed Ferrero said making a good run in this year’s event was more important than avenging his loss to Roddick.
“It is disappointing that I didn’t do well here, not just that I won’t meet Roddick,” he said.
Koubek advances to play either American Jan-Michael Gambill or Sweden’s Joachim Johansson in the next round.

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