Staying Power Overshadows Name Power

Ben Solomon/For New York Times

The people who bought tickets for the men’s quarterfinals session at the United States Open on Thursday afternoon were not rewarded with a marquee matchup when Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and David Ferrer of Spain fell into their laps, but they were rewarded with perhaps the best match of the tournament.

By the fifth-set tiebreaker, the crowd was on its feet cheering both players as Ferrer dug out a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory in a marathon full of gritty play and gutsy shots that sent Ferrer to a hard-earned spot in the semifinals.

At the end of 4 hours 31...

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