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. “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. “I’m happy. But it’s hard to judge my game in these quick conditions,” said Federer.