Jeremy Chardy of France produced a superb display to beat third seed Andy Murray of Great Britain in the third round of the ATP Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. In the head-to-head between the two players, Murray had won all four previous matches and was the favourite to progress through to the last eight. However, in a tight game it was Chardy who was able to make the crucial breaks at important times to record a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Despite hitting ten aces, Murray was only winning 64 per cent of the points on his first serve, compared to Chardy’s 71 percent. This proved vital as the Frenchman converted four of the break points he had gained on the Murray serve, with the Scot only able to break back on two occasions. Chardy will now face sixth seed Del Potro of Argentina in the quarterfinal.
Elsewhere, no.12 seed Marin Cilic won in straight sets against Spain’s Pablo Andujar to make it to the quarters. The Croat had to fight hard to take the first set in a tiebreak, but managed to break his opponent early in the second set to pave the way to a 7-6, 6-2 victory. Cilic will face the winner of the match between Djokovic and Davydenko.
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