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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Ferrero falls in epic
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Juan Carlos Ferrero's miserable season continued when he was beaten in the US Open second round by Stefan Koubek.

Koubek upset the 2003 runner-up 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 6-3.

Ferrero, who has struggled with his fitness for most of the season, had treatment for a leg injury straight after winning the third set.

Koubek seized his chance to level the match and though Ferrero had a 2-0 lead in the decider, Koubek won five games in a row before clinching the win.

"I was fighting a lot and I won the second and third set but then I started to feel a pain in my leg," said Ferrero.

"I couldn't serve and move very well because of my leg."

The year is almost finished and I just want to forget it
Juan Carlos Ferrero
The 24-year-old admitted he was looking forward to the end of a torrid season, in which he has also suffered early defeats at the French Open and Wimbledon.

"I am not happy with my year. The year is almost finished and I just want to forget it," he said.

"I have some more tournaments to play but this has not been a good year for me."

Ferrero's frustration was evident during the match when he was warned by the umpire for smashing a ball out of the stadium.

He was later penalized a point for abusing an official, prompting the Spaniard to refuse to shake hands with the umpire at the end of the match.



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