The British third seed was too strong and accomplished for the unseeded Frenchman, winning 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena, and will now face Roger Federer in the semi-final tomorrow.
Record 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer was taken to five sets before overcoming French seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 in the night quarter-final.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer in the other semi today. Chardy, who beat former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro on his way here admitted Murray was terrific: “I played a good match, but he was too good. I thought I’d try many things, but I had no chance. He was too good.”
Murray meanwhile, rated the win, which put him into his fourth consecutive Australian Open semi-final, as his best performance yet and said he had no fears about a lack of a tough work-out heading into the tournament’s late stages.
The victory took the Scot’s winning streak at the majors to 12 since his breakthrough US Open triumph in New York last September, and put him
into his 12th Grand Slam semi-final. “For me, today was a decent test.
I had some good (lead-up) matches in Brisbane. So I can’t be disappointed about being in the semis of a Slam without dropping a set. That would be silly. In the build-up to the tournament I played very well.
I haven’t lost a set here yet. I’ve done a good job so far here,” said Murray, who broke Chardy’s service eight times and hit 32 winners against 20 unforced errors.