US Open - Ferrer through to last 16 after beating Kukushkin

Spain's David Ferrer became the first man to reach the round of 16 at this year's US Open when he defeated Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin on Saturday.

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David Ferrer of Spain (R) is congratulated by Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan after his victory at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York August 31, 2013 (Reuters)

Ferrer, seeded fourth after reaching the French Open final in June, dropped a set for the second match in a row but was otherwise untroubled in his 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory.

Kukushkin matched his best performance at a Grand Slam by reaching the third round but contributed to his own downfall by committing 66 unforced errors, almost twice as many as Ferrer.

The Spaniard was a semi-finalist at the US Open in 2007 and again last year. His next opponent will be Janko Tipsarevic who beat Jack Sock 3-6 7-6(1) 6-1 6-2.

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