MASON, Ohio - Olympic champion Andy Murray suffered a second pre-U.S. Open setback in as many weeks when he was knocked out of the Cincinnati Open in the third round yesterday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to France's Jeremy Chardy.
World No. 1 Roger Federer, in contrast, needed just 62 minutes to get by 19-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4 and book his spot in the quarterfinals.
Murray, the defending tournament champion, who pulled out of last week's Toronto Masters with a knee injury after his opening match, never looked himself as he was broken in the seventh game of the first set by Chardy, who is in the draw as a lucky loser. Chardy took full advantage of Murray's less-than-potent serve and unforced errors for his first win against the Scotsman in five attempts.
Chardy will now next face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who fought past Serb Viktor Troicki 7-6, 2-6, 6-1. Federer will face American Mardy Fish, who defeated Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3.
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