Saturday August 18, 2012
Murray crashes out, Federer and Djokovic march into the quarter-finals
CINCINNATI (Ohio): Olympic champion Andy Murray was sent crashing out of the Cincinnati Open on Thursday, falling 6-4, 6-4 to French lucky loser Jeremy Chardy.
Britain’s Murray won a match in Toronto last week before quitting with a knee injury but had looked impressive in his opener here against American Sam Querrey.
But the 25-year-old Murray was distinctly under-cooked against Chardy and his 16th unforced error of the second set sent the Frenchman into the last eight.
“This was like my second or third match in the hard court. I played well yesterday; didn’t play so well today,” said Murray.
“Sometimes I’ve won tournaments in the buildup (to a Major) and it hasn’t helped me. That doesn’t normally have that much bearing. But I would have liked to have done a bit better this week,” he said, with the US Open on the horizon.
Four-time champion and top seed Roger Federer turned in another flawless performance, schooling Australian teenager Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4 with 27 winners.
“Overall I’m happy. But it’s hard to judge my game in these quick conditions,” said Federer, the Olympic silver medallist, who however admitted that his serve was “a bit off.”
“It was a good performance, I’m playing as well as I want to right now,” said the Swiss great.
Second seed Novak Djokovic barely broke a sweat against Nikolay Davydenko, who was nursing a shoulder injury and only lasted 30 minutes before quitting after Djokovic took the first set, 6-0.
Davydenko had 10 unforced errors and eight double-faults.
“This is not the way to win a match, it was clear that he was struggling physically,” Djokovic said. “I just hope he will be fit for the US Open.”
Canadian Milos Raonic upset fifth seed Tomas Berdych with 20 aces in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win.
Olympic bronze medallist Juan Martin del Potro, who missed 2010 due to right wrist surgery, had troubles with his left wrist, but pushed through the pain to notch a 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-1 win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki.
Tenth seed Mardy Fish continued to perform well on his home cement courts, beating Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 with seven aces and 23 winners. Fish will next play Federer. — AFP