Ferrer overcomes dangerous Anderson in straight sets to ease into US Open second round

Fourth seed David Ferrer passed a potentially dangerous test with flying colours as he defeated big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the first round of the US Open.

Ferrer has been elevated into the top four because of the absence through injury of his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal and is seeded to meet Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

No sweat: David Ferrer won in straight sets

No sweat: David Ferrer won in straight sets

Although he is more renowned for this exploits on clay, Ferrer has had just as good results on hard courts and reached the last four in New York in 2007, losing to Djokovic.

At 6ft 8in tall, Anderson is not an opponent to be underestimated, but Ferrer was in control throughout and won 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to set up a second-round meeting with Dutchman Igor Sijsling, who beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

Serbian 29th seed Viktor Troicki went out in the first round, losing 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.