After splitting a pair of wins earlier in the season, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and Jeremy Chardy will cross paths a third time in 2014 to determine who will take the lead in the series. Check out the Federer vs Chardy Head to Head.
The world No. 2 has had a magnificent few weeks on the tour, most recently in Basel, where he put on a master class performance to defeat David Goffin 6-2, 6-2 last Sunday. Playing in his 11th final at this particular event, Federer was looking for his sixth title in eight years in Basel, and his first there since 2011. His win denies Goffin a third title this season brings Federer much closer to ending the year atop the ATP ranking.
Federer is now less than 500 points behind Djokovic. He has the opportunity to collect another combined 2,500 between this week’s Paris Bercy (1000 points) and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (1500).
“It would be very special to reclaim No. 1,” said Federer. “World No. 1 is what it’s all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead.”
His upcoming opponent, Jeremy Chardy, reached the second round in Paris with a 7-6,(5), 7-6(4) win over fellow countryman Kenny De Schepper. Chardy withstood 15 aces, saved all six of the break points he faced on serve, and won 78 percent of his first service points to close out the win in 2 hours and 2 minutes.
This third overall meeting between Federer and Chardy will serve as the rubber match to determine who will take the 2-1 lead in the head-to-head series. The Frenchman stunned Federer in Rome but will be faced with the daunting task of defeating the Swiss star on an indoor hard court surface in his current form.
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