France’s Jeremy Chardy is through to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships for the first time in his career, where he will now meet the resurgent Croatian Marin Cilic for a spot in the quarter-final round of the tournament. The Chardy vs Cilic head-to-head stands at 1-0 with a victory over five years ago on clay.
In one of the bigger upsets of the day, Marin Cilic toppled former finalist Tomas Berdych in straight sets to secure his spot in the third round of the Championships. The No. 26 seed won the match 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-6(6) on Court No. 3 and was clearly happy with his performance during the match, where he hit 20 aces and 46 winners.
“I was very fortunate to be able to win that one,” said Cilic. “It was very close, especially that third set. I have to say that Tomas stayed in the match unbelievably mentally.”
Berdych was clearly displeased with the challenge system, which was ruled inoperable in the fading light during the third set, but that does not change the fact that Cilic was in fine form and carefully selecting his shots.
“I was putting a lot of pressure on him on his serves, and many of his service games I had Love-30, 15-30, a lot of opportunities, small ones. But he was able to always play some great points and he pushed me until the limit.”
Jeremy Chardy reached the fourth round of the Championships with a 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky on Friday afternoon. It was strong win, as the Ukrainian was fresh off a second round upset win over Ernests Gulbis. The Frenchman is now one win away from equaling his best performance at a Grand Slam event, as he reached the quarter-final round of the Aussie Open last season.
This is the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Chardy leading the series 1-0 with a victory on clay back in 2009. Now, five years later and on a different surface, this is likely to be a tough, competitive contest that could likely go five sets if both are in form.
Prediction: Marin Cilic in Five Sets