Jeremy Chardy scored the first big upset at the Rome Masters 1000 today, but it was anything but easy. Playing 2013 runner-up Roger Federer in very windy conditions, Chardy dropped the opening set 61, then took the second and held a break advantage in the third before Federer evened to eventually force a final set breaker.
And in the breaker after an ill-timed double fault to hand Federer a matchpoint on his serve at 6-5, Chardy came up with this incredible crosscourt forehand passing show winner. It was one of the best shots you will see down a matchpoint.
Chardy went on the win the next two points to take the breaker and the match 16, 63, 76(6).
“I think we both struggled to win today and in the end a shot here or there decided the match,” said Federer. “He gave me a double fault to give me match point. I missed my first serve, which was crucial, but credit to him to give it a go. A passing shot is a tough one for me to take. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.”
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