ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Top-seeded David Ferrer withdrew from his Mexican Open quarterfinal against South Africa' Kevin Anderson in the second set on Thursday due to a left thigh strain.
Ferrer's exit leaves Andy Murray as the big favorite to win the Mexican Open 500. The Scot overcame a poor start to beat Frenchmen Gilles Simon 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
"It's tough to win matches when you get down like that, I've been struggling with my service in the first two matches", said Murray, who will play against the winner of the match between Latvia's Ernests Gulbis and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray has beaten Simon 12 straight times.
Third-ranked Ferrer was leading 6-4, 2-2 when he suffered an inner thigh strain in his left leg. After seeking treatment in the locker room, the Spaniard returned to the court but lost the next two points before retiring.
Ferrer said he will have scans on Friday and then assess his recovery.
"I'm very sad because I was playing great", Ferrer said. "I still do not know the extent of the injury.
"I'll have to wait and see before taking a determination. The day was going so well for me and then this happened".