Murray Bounced As Federer, Djokovic Breeze Into Cincinnati Quarterfinals
by Sean Randall | August 16th, 2012, 11:51 pm

The summer slog claimed its second victim Thursday in Cincinnati. Gold medalist and tournament defending champion Andy Murray was shown the exits in Mason, Ohio by unheralded lucky loser Jeremy Chardy rather routinenly (and rudely) 6-4, 6-4.

Murray went down a break early in both sets and never really recovered against the Frenchman who earlier had upset another former champion named Andy, Andy Roddick.

“I think I win many matches since the beginning of the year, so I take confidence,” Chardy said. “Last week I beat Jo-Wilfried, this week I beat Andy Roddick first one. So my confidence go up again. Now I feel very good on court, and I play very relax. It’s good when I feel like this on the court.”

Chardy only gained entry when big John Isner withdrew because of a back injury. And he’s made the most it with a career week.

As for Murray, after a very busy, perhaps draining, grass season his US Open prep work is done having played just three matches on the hardcourts. He hinted about knee troubles as well earlier in the week – the same knee that took him out of Toronto. Now he’ll have 10 days off until the US Open begins and provided he gets a decent draw the first week I think he can play into form.

“Always when going into the big tournaments, sometimes I’ve won tournaments in the buildup and it hasn’t helped me,” Murray reminded reporters. “This year Wimbledon I lost in the first round at Queen’s and made the final there for the first time. I have won Queen’s before and not done well at Wimbledon. So it doesn’t normally have that much bearing. But, you know, obviously I would have liked to have done a bit better this week.”

Top seed Roger Federer overwhelmed Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4. The slick courts and Tomic’s defensive game played right into Federer’s hands.

“It was humid, but the rallies were never as long,” Federer said. “He was also getting in a few more service winners than he was getting at the Australian Open. So it was more a first-strike tennis, and I think I’m just a bit better at it still today. I was able to mix it up well and not have too many hiccups on my own serve. Then I was able to create some opportunities and take advantage of that and get the win.”

I know Tomic is only 19, but I agree with Brad Gilbert’s on-air comments that the Australian really needs to become more offensive. Murray and Miloslav Mecir are in that same defensive mold as Tomic, but the big difference is they had some serious footspeed. Tomic just doesn’t and the big guys will exploit that.

In the night match, Novak Djokovic had a light workout when Nikolay Davydenko retired with a shoulder injury after losing the first set 6-0.

“The first time I noticed that something is wrong is during his second service game in the match, 3-Love for me,” Djokovic said. “His first serves didn’t go over 90 miles per hour, so something obviously was wrong with his shoulder.”

Juan Martin Del Potro and Milos Raonic, who scored a nice 3-set win over Tomas Berdych, also advanced.

So tomorrow’s quarterfinal round looks like Federer-Mardy Fish, Djokovic-Marin Cilic , Del Potro-Chardy and Raonic-Stan Wawrinka.

“I played him World Tour Final last year in three sets,” Fish said of playing Federer who has beating the American seven of eight times. “Here I didn’t lose my serve until 4-All in the third here two years ago in the final. We have had some good matches. The time before that, I beat him. I look forward to it. It’s a good challenge. I haven’t played someone of his caliber in a while, maybe since I played Nadal here last year.”

I think Federer, Djokovic and Del Potro all get through but maybe Wawrinka pulls the semi-update and beats the Canadian. That’s probably the best match of the bunch. Raonic hasn’t really caught fire this summer like I thought he would. Maybe this week he breaks out.

The women will also play their final eight tomorrow with Serena-Kerber and Venus-Stosur in the marquee matches

ESPN2 has live TV coverage of the quarterfinals starting at 1pm ET Friday.


CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [LL] J Chardy (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[12] M Cilic (CRO) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
[5] A Kerber (GER) vs [2] S Williams (USA) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs [10] M Fish (USA) – ATP
Not Before 8:30 PM
[6] C Wozniacki (DEN) or [17] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:30 am
[6] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [17] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 00 – To Finish 46
Not Before 1:00 PM
[3] S Stosur (AUS) vs [WC] V Williams (USA) – WTA
Not Before 3:00 PM
S Wawrinka (SUI) vs M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs [9] N Li (CHN) or [Q] J Larsson (SWE) – WTA

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61 Comments for Murray Bounced As Federer, Djokovic Breeze Into Cincinnati Quarterfinals

Michael Says:

Murray is beating Roger in straight sets at the Olympics totally outplaying him and here he is falling to a journeyman named Chardy. This is where the difference lies between a good player and a great player. Murray simply lacks consistency in his game as the other top three. He is brilliant nodoubt only in patches.This year, his performance in hard court tournaments which is his best surface has been rather dismal. I do not how this loss will reflect on Murray going into the US Open ? This will surely affect his confidence but I hope he recovers and manages to win his first major.

jane Says:

Chardy’s comments are interesting: first, he beat Tsonga in Toronto, then he beat Roddick here for the first time, and now he beats Andy Murray. He is on a nice run of form. His highest ranking was back in 2009 at #31, and he began this week at #38 (up 9 spots); he should go up a few more spots after this week, so he’s doing pretty well at the moment. That said, although I didn’t see the match, it sounds like Andy M was off his game. It would be good to know a little more about why. But I don’t think it should negatively affect his USO performance.

The Great Davy Says:

“Hurh, eh, my shoulders was pooping and cracking, that is why I miss serves and retire! Hyuck hyuck!”

Guess who I am!!!

jane Says:

Radwanska felt the grandstand court played differently than Center; the ESPN summary suggests it may’ve been a partial issue for Murray too – some quotes:

“Like Murray, she had trouble with the condition on the grandstand court. “It was so hot and windy,” she said. “I think that this court was slower than the center (court) and the ball didn’t go at all. I was hitting as much as I could, but it just was hard to make winners there.””

“Murray had trouble controlling his shots on a hot and breezy afternoon.”I was a little bit uncomfortable with those balls bouncing extremely high,” said Murray, who left the court as soon as the match ended and headed directly to the interview room. “It was fairly hard to control.”

skeezer Says:

The Great Davy,

You poop out of your shoulders? Geez, that is a first for me. And don’t tell me how it Is done, don’t want to know. TMI.

Nirmal Kumar Says:


Don’t forget that Murray was in the semis of AO HC tournament. I believe he is taking it easy on tour matches. Before he used to kill himself in the masters and lacked energy in the slams. I don’t see too much trouble for Andy in the USO. We may see his best tennis at USO.

jane Says:

^ and finals of Miami and Dubai.

Margot Says:

Such a nice cheery post for us Murray fans.Thank you.x

alison Says:

I wouldnt read too much into this defeat of Murrays,tennis can be very fickle down one minute up the next,no player can be expected to play exceptional every week,and win every tourney every week, its not possible,they are human after all,Murrays played alot of tennis lately so a rest is what is needed ahead of the USO IMO,this result is a blessing in disguise,any player can suffer a shock loss to a lesser player it happens.

alison Says:

I wouldnt read too much into this defeat of Murrays,tennis can be very fickle down one minute up the next,no player can be expected to play exceptional every week,and win every tourney every week, its not possible,they are human after all,Murrays played alot of tennis lately so a rest is what is needed ahead of the USO IMO,this result is a blessing in disguise,any player can suffer a shock loss to a lesser player it happens.

alison Says:

^Woops double post sorry^.

Colin Says:

Michael, I agree that on his record in general, you can call Chardy a journeyman, but wins over Tsonga, Roddick and Istomin suggest he is currently in good form. I didn’t see all the match with Murray, but I was impressed by Chardy, and thought he was simply outplaying Andy when it mattered.
Del Potro is not a certainty against the Frenchman, particularly if his wrist is not 100%. One thing’s sure – those tennis balls will take some punishment!

john Says:

Bottom line is Murray got out played by a better player on the day. That being said I think it was more a case of time running out for Murray. In a best of five I would of still liked Murray’s chances, even down 2 sets. Against these big hitters you need a bit of luck and Murray came out the blocks a bit slow, perhaps underestimated his opponent?

Still would fully expect Murray to crush the likes of Chardy at the US Open.

john Says:

Also on average Chardy’s ground strokes were 20 mph faster than Murray’s.

madmax Says:

Michael, it is quite simple really. Andy is emotionally drained. I wouldnt worry too much about his fitness issues, he is a strong scottish lad! He has just played already really well this year, so no alarms bells yet.

Jose Ferrer Says:

Difficult to clear the debris on this Comment box.
Disappointed Murray couldn’t reel in Chardy – still think Murray will win USO.

skeezer Says:

That was a quality “win” by Roanic over Birdsh!t yesterday btw, go Raonic!

RZ Says:

I wouldn’t worry about Murray. The guy lost in the 2nd round of Queens to Mahut but went on to the Wimbledon final anyway. He’ll be fine for the US Open.

metan Says:

Muzza is knocked out??? How many points he will lose, and how about his ranking, will someone else surpass him?

Sienna Says:

I guess Murray lose 910 points and Nadal loses 180 or does Nadal get peanalised for missing a manatory Master?

Mark Says:

^Much to your disappointment Nadal will not be penalized. He is out because of injury!!!

Gaga Says:

It will be hard to beat Djokovic and Federer back to back at USO HCs. Djokovic is not as impressive on grass as on HC hence Murray beating him at the Olympics SF with ease. USO will be tougher.

Sienna Says:

we just wil have to trust those puppy eyes of him. Dont we? Marcy

conty Says:

well, i wasn’t surprised murrray went out. in my imagination, i could hear ivan lendl saying something about not putting much into defending cincy and keeping his eye on the GS prize.

watching delpo, the commentators keep saying something is wrong with his left wrist. uh boy, not another surgery in the near future : (

vamos delp-oh big ….wow…..yesssss! wins 1st set 6-1 and is up a break in the 2nd.

chardonnay is playing very well. nice to see him strong again. but i don’t want him beating delpo! though, i do find watching chardy’s tennis appealing.

would be basically the end of my atp cincy bracket if delpo loses…(regretting not picking Nole v Fed final.

matchpoint delpo as i type…..
chardy saves it. duece.
matchpoint #3 delpo…not converting the bp’s. deuce again.
chardy is going to make jdmp serve it out.

conty Says:

finally breaks chardy for the win!

into the semi in straight sets is delpo :D

i’m off the bottom of the bracket maybe, yay…..

Sienna Says:

Yeah right like Lendl never cared much for masters or the equivalent in those days.

conty Says:

it’s just a guess, sienna, i don’t know lendl…my bracket picks stink anyway. i mean murray can’t be too concerned about defending and picking up another masters title when his a big chance at the US Open title is on the horizon. : D

djokovic struts our confidently. i have a feeling poor cilic is going to get the steam roller today.

venus and sammy. who knows?

conty Says:

edit button needed. ‘out’ not “our”

Sienna Says:

Lendl has the record in mastyers 22 I believe. Of course they where not called Masters in those days but he sure liked winning them.

Sienna Says:

Lendl did sacrifice a few Garros titles for a possible WImbly win.

So of course it is possible he said to Murray stuff it. Ivan is a killer so you might be right.

jane Says:

Cilic is looking troubled by the heat today; way too many errors. But Nole is serving well, and he’s done really well returning Marin’s first serve, which is often a weapon. It just hasn’t been today.

conty Says:

Sienna, i’d have to go manually count it out on the atp site but even than, it’s tough to compare to this generation because of format and surface changes, ect.

But Murray has 23 titles, 8 (i think), of which are masters.

Lendl has 94 titles, overall. i couldn’t tell how many of those were masters…i’ll take your word for it at 25.

below i’m posting the site i use for looking up such stuff. But it only goes back and starts keeping tallies in 1990, when lendl was at the end of his career.

overall for instance, lendl is #2 in total title holders ; Federer is at #4.

conty Says:

meant 22 for lendl (masters titles)

tying to watch tennis and work at the same time. pardon my errors.

conty Says:

hi jane. Nole came out looking condident, strut was in place, game face on…like he’s seriously aiming to win back to back titles: cincy and us open. :D

jane Says:

Hi conty: he looked great in that last point – had everything, volley, lob, smash, fun! :) Nice to see him playing with gusto.

conty Says:

sheesh…i cannot type to save my life. ‘confident’ not “condident” what is a condident ? is it like a condiment? maybe i’m hungry.

jane Says:

Partially entertained and distracted by reading the comments on the streaming chat (sport lemon) *inserts shocked face*

HEY TENNIS X how about an update? We could use an edit button and some smilies, come on! :)

conty Says:

loved your cow video yesterday btw, jane. somebody was manic or on psychedelics when the made that i’m guessing…hehehe.

jane Says:

Ha ha, yes, kind of silly hey? That guy is from the UK and he makes a bunch of bizarre animated videos, has a you tube “channel” so you can find lots more if you feel like freaking yourself out or if you’re bored. :)

Match point, and Nole is in the semis. Nice and well done. Delpo will be tough. I haven’t seen any of his matched though.

I really, really like Cilic; totally would love to see him break through at a slam or masters.

conty Says:

lemon sport chat is a hoot!

cilic has a bp while nole serving for match.

oops, it’s deuce now. marin loses a bp. nole has match point and wins! Nole vs Delpo semi….no way will delpo win. i should have picked Djokovic. he’s back, it appears.

conty Says:

really do love Nole. i like marin too but it’s great to see nole’s confidence back! we’ll see, but i doubt delpo wins tomorrow. Nole will exploit delpo’s weak left wrist going to his backhand and pick off his 1st serve.

Sienna Says:

Here you go 22 masters for Lendl. There were always 9 one week tourney in a year so fairly compairable with todays master1000 events.

But of course Lendl would sacrifice21 of them to get a Wimbledon crown. I think you where right with the Murray loss. He tanked it. I cannot believe he would lose a match like that if he had to play for a slam or for a place in a medals match

Alok Says:

jane Says:
Chardy’s comments are interesting: first, he beat Tsonga in Toronto, then he beat Roddick here for the first time, and now he beats Andy Murray. He is on a nice run of form. His highest ranking was back in 2009 at #31, and he began this week at #38 (up 9 spots); he should go up a few more spots after this week, so he’s doing pretty well at the moment


Up to No. 43? Yeah, that would be doing extremely well, no?

John Says:

Fed is playing like an Angel, just love it.
You know your a fed fan when your hoping fed loses a service game just so you can see him play longer…Man do I love it…Rip Skiz and Dave P

Kimberly Says:

Great win for Venus today. Hope she can take it further.

dari Says:

I didn’t watxh, but heard she played great today, Kimberly. How you doing with the rafaf news?

John- I was wishing the same thing! Maybe there is still hope ;)

John Says:

Sienne I absoulty love your devotion to federer but as a fair commentator I can not respond to people that are prejudgement.Im sorry…we both love FED to bits…lets be happy. Love hate.but zou have to show respect to earn it…just give other fans respect and they will love you…pls!

John Says:

dari, I think we will still have some time in bliss….mz girl friend is sleeping on the couch…hahahaha I even give up reproduction for the mighy Fed david attenborough style…Speaking of David have zou eatched tiger spy? best nature doc ever filmed by elephants!

John Says:

sorry for the funny post, the keyboard im using is german..

dari Says:

Jane I will have a nightmare about that giant spider/cow!
Fun video fun music, though!

John Says:

Wow tht was awesome bz mardy!!! let me know when I must be worried!

John Says:

3h21m on court for the world no1 this tourny. Awesome

Kimberly Says:

@dari, it is disappointing cause I love to watch him but life goes on. Will enjoy the tennis regardless. If rafa retired today (god forbid!) I will still watch tennis fanatically and eventually attach to someone else. So I will enjoy the open, especially the ladies.

Sharapova candy line comes out this week

dari Says:

Good quality from both in that match. Keep it up fed!

Kimberly- that’s great attitude, I feel like rafa will tske a big break, come back crazy and win the calendar slam knowing him and his surprises! Sharapova candy is out today, at least on east coast

Alok Says:

Fed looked sharp in his match with Fish. I guess another showdown with Djokovic is in store for us.

jane Says:

dari, I know – the music is fun. :)

skeezer Says:


Yes Fed has been looking real sharp so far :)

But Nole is ominously looking better and better.

Looking forward to the next matches, Fed vs Wawa ( We all know Fed should take that one….C’mon Fed! )


Delpo vs Nole ( should be the match of the tourney so far! )

tennisfansince76 Says:

@John that’s saying a lot as many of my favorite documentary films were made by elephants. their species is known to favor that film genre

tennisfansince76 Says:

kudos to fish. he played well especially in the 2nd set. he was running Fed around a lot in the 2ND set and was getting into Fed’s service games quite a few times but just could not finish.

Friedrich Buch Says:

I was delighted when Andy Murray came around at little over four years ago. He seemed to be a breeze of fresh air badly needed in the tennis establishemnt. But, although we had not heard of tennis MOMS since Jimmy Connours Mom once yelled at him, “if you miss a ball like this again, I will ram it down your throat.” I believe she instigated with this the removal of the on-court mikes. But she was nothing compared to Andy’s Mom or, better, the relationship he cultivated with her on court. He simplye ignored his audience completely; after each winner or even a lost point, his first look went up to Mom. It got really annoying. Then there was almost an obsession by Andy to hold onto the fourth spot. He did so for about 18 months. This requires a lot of careful playing and point calculations. Federer beat him soundly where it counted: at this year’s Wimbledon final. Still, Federer had the ambition what so har had eluded him: an Olympic Medal, any medal, because so far he had none. Let’s face it: winning an Olympic Gold Medal is all fine and well, but it is not the one-and-all thing in the world of tennis. Scotlan’s favourite son had won the Olympic Gold Medal, unfortunately for England. Anyone, who is not from Scotland will not understand this my last sentence. Federer ill advised himself to even appear for the match that day. When he appeared on court, his walk was almost “gingerly” and he looked like he was totally “overplayed.” Remember, he had just won the real thing, the real Wimbledon thing, the Wimbledon Grand Slam, a few short weeks ago. Winning a grand slam means winning SEVEN GAMES against usually top opponents in the timespan of two weeks or, rather, 10 days. Andy has still to show the tennis world that he can even win ONE Grand Slam. I thought, considering all this, he might have wished to tone the patriotic celebrations down a little. But, the would not have gone down too well with “Scotland’s Fine Son.” Also, on that day, he barely looked up at Mom, and acknowledged that there were other people in the stadium who made him the millionair he now is. Mom, who used to be on the tour now has an Official Job in Tennis, as the President of the British Fed Cup Team (the female equivalent of the Davis Cup). I watched Andy in Cincinatti, and I was really on his side, only to be, as usual, disappointed when it came to Andy and what really counts in tennis. I will wish him all the luck in the world, and will again watch him carefully, at the U.S. Open. There he has a chance to shut up old guys like me who have spent 50 years in the tennis world by his first Grand Slam Win.

Friedrich Buch Says:

see above

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