Top seed Roger Federer is through to his first semi-final of the season, where he will face France’s Jeremy Chardy for a spot in the final. The two met several days back in the doubles draw, where Federer, along with partner Nicholas Mahut, defeated the younger team of Jeremy Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov to advance in the tournament. Now, the two athletes will meet in singles competition for the first time in their respective careers, making for an interesting clash of styles.
Heading into his third match of the season, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer appears comfortable and confident, particularly with his new 98″ racquet frame (8 inches larger than his previous one) and the enlisted help of “childhood hero” Stefan Edberg, who will also assist him for a “minimum of 10 weeks” starting at the Australian Open. Federer began his run in Brisbane with 6-4, 6-2 win over Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen and followed it up with an even more dominant win over Marinko Matosevic, where he only dropped two games in the entire match.
Now Federer will face yet another first-time opponent, as he gets set to take on world No. 34 Jeremy Chardy. The Frenchman worked his way through two fellow countrymen in Adrian Mannarino and Nicholas Mahut before defeating no. 172 Samuel Groth to reach the semi-finals in Brisbane. Having only gone the distance in one of his three matches in Queensland, Chardy will need to be in top form to outlast Swiss Roger Federer. A win would send Chardy into his first ATP World Tour final since his 2009 title win in Stuttgart.
While Federer is a heavy favourite ahead of tomorrow’s contest, he is certainly not taking it for granted, as he is well aware that Chardy is a tough challenge.
“He plays very aggressive on the hard courts,” said Federer.”I remember seeing him play really well in Cincinnati, which is similar to here. I remember seeing him play well at the Aussie Open last year when he made the quarters, I think. So he can definitely bring a big game to the court, especially with his serve and forehand. He can really dictate play.”
Chardy has not been to a ATP World Tour Final since 2009 and will have a significant obstacle in his path if he is to break that streak tomorrow afternoon. The two have never met on the professional tour, which would make it an interesting clash. If Federer remains calm and confident, he should have no problem dispatching of the Frenchman and reaching his first final of the season. If he manages to win both the singles and doubles titles in Brisbane, it would mark the first time he has done so since Halle in 2005.
*Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets *
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