Chardy upsets Del Potro at Australian Open, Cilic also out

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Jeremy Chardy stunned Del Potro, while Andreas Seppi and Richard Gasquet eliminated their Croat opponents to progress into the best 16 at Australian Open 2013.

Unseeded Frenchman Chardy ran out an unexpected winner of the third round clash against sixth seed Argentinean Juan Martin Del Potro at Hiense Arena in Melbourne today. He dominated both of the opening sets, not dropping a serve and claiming three breaks in total to acquire a two set lead. Last year’s quarterfinalist Del Potro got his act together a bit and closed in on Chardy after winning the third set tie-break. He then broke the Frenchman late in the fourth set and confirmed the break to level the scoreline. However, Delpo’s comeback did not intimidate Chardy who managed to grab the decider and enter the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time with a final result 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 3-6, 6-3.

The former Australian Open semifinalist Marin Cilic of Croatia has also probably expected more than a third round exit in Melbourne this year. He was in a good place after three sets as he was leading 2-1, but 21st-seeded Italian Seppi then capitalized on a ninth-game break and leveled the terms after consolidating it with a love game. Cilic seemed to have bounced back by seizing an early break in the decider, but his game fell apart completely after that as he gave away three serves in a row and allowed the Italian to squeeze into the best 16. The score: 6-7 (2), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Seppi will now confront Chardy in the next round.

Cilic’s unseeded compatriot Ivan Dodig took the first set in the clash against ninth-seeded Frenchman Gasquet, but could not double his lead in the following set. Frenchman was alert enough to take the third one in a tie-break and then swept Dodig off the court in the set number four. He wrapped the match up by issuing the Croat a bagel and advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-0. He is meeting fellow Frenchman Tsonga in the fourth round.

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