Olympic champion Andy Murray was sent crashing out of the Cincinnati Masters 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.
In the meanwhile, 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.”
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.
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