Jeremy Chardy of France defeated American player Andy Roddick 7-6 6-3 in 92 minutes in the first round of Cincinnati Masters. Chardy entered the draw as a lucky loser, replacing injured John Isner. Chardy and Roddick showed some quality tennis throughout the first set and with no breaks of serve, a tiebreak was inevitable. The Frenchman raised his level in the ‘breaker’, capturing it 7-4.
After Roddick called for a medical time-out to get some treatment on the back, his performance on serve sank significantly. As a consequence, the 25-years old Chardy was able to break him twice in the second set to take it 6-3. Chardy, who hit 7 aces and 27 winners in the match, set up a second round clash with Denis Istomin. Istomin won their only encounter at the 2010 Australian Open, losing 4 games only in three sets.
Sam Querrey also joined Chardy and Istomin in the second round as he outplayed Austrian Jurgen Melzer 4-6 6-2 6-4. Querrey fired 16 aces and won 73% of service points and 38% of return points to close out the match in 96 minutes. The American player will now face Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray. The world no. 4 withdrew from Toronto last week with a knee injury and there is uncertainty whether he is 100% fit again. Murray has a 4-1 lead in the head to head against Querrey, but the American won their last match, which was in Los Angeles last year.