Franceâ€™s Jeremy Chardy toppled third seed Andy Murray at the Western & Sothern Open in Mason, Ohio on Thursday 6-4, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals. It was Murray’s first loss to Chardy who made it into the main draw as a “lucky loser.”
Murray noted that he had a difficult time controlling his shots in the windy conditions.
â€œI was a little bit uncomfortable with those balls bouncing extremely high, Murray said. It was fairly hard to control.â€
The Olympic singles gold medalist admitted that he had an off-day. “I didn’t serve particularly well,â€ said Murray. â€œYou know, I got broken three times in the second set, which isn’t good enough. You know, I broke him a couple of times in the second.
â€œI had a lot of close games on his serve in the first and second set and didn’t convert enough chances, and, yeah, I didn’t serve well enough.
â€œSometimes a few games can change matches. Had breakpoints in the first set. If I had maybe gone up there maybe I would have started to play better, but when I went behind he started serving better, and he was going for his shots.
Murray said that he wonâ€™t be playing any more matches before the USÂ Open.
â€œI won’t play any more matches, Murray added. â€œI mean, always when going into the big tournaments, sometimes I’ve won tournaments in the buildup and it hasn’t helped me; 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.â€
Chardy will play Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday for s spot in the semifinals.