Chardy lies in wait for Murray

  • Last Updated: January 21 2013, 12:57 GMT

A review of the day eight action in the men's singles at the Australian Open, with victory for Jeremy Chardy.

Jeremy Chardy: Next opponent for Andy Murray
Jeremy Chardy: Next opponent for Andy Murray

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy made it through to his first grand slam quarter-final - and a crack at Andy Murray - after seeing off Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

Chardy dropped the first set to the 21st-seeded Italian but hit back to win 5-7 6-3 6-2 6-2.

Seppi claimed the opener after breaking for a 6-5 lead but was then pushed around by Chardy with his big serve allowing his opponent few chances to plot a route back into the contest.

Murray saw off Gilles Simon in straight sets to book his place and has a 4-1 record against Chardy - but the defeat came in their last match, at the Cincinnati Masters last year.

Second seed Roger Federer reached his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final with a straight-sets victory over Canada's Milos Raonic.

Federer, seeking a fifth Australian Open title and 18th grand slam of his career, took a while to get to grips with his big-serving opponent before running out a convincing 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 winner in one hour and 54 minutes.

The Swiss star, who has yet to drop a set in Melbourne, will now face seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight after the Frenchman beat compatriot Richard Gasquet in four sets in their fourth-round clash.

Tsonga famously beat Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011, the first time Federer had ever lost a grand slam match from two sets up.

"He is a good guy with a great game, he is a great shot-maker and a great character for the game," Federer said of Tsonga. "We didn't play each other last year I don't think and the year before we played three times in 10 days.

"We just came from a trip in South America, played a couple of exhibition matches against each other which was a lot of fun and now we're going to try to bring it here to centre court and I am really looking forward to that. It should be exciting."

The first nine games on Monday match went with serve, but 13th seed Raonic was the first to blink and a double fault gifted Federer a set point which he gratefully accepted as Raonic netted a backhand volley.

Federer had amazingly made just one unforced error throughout the set and although much is often made of Raonic's powerful serve, the 31-year-old was more than holding his own in that department too.

Just nine points were lost on serve in the second set - Federer dropping only two - and a tie-break was required to decide the outcome.

Raonic produced aces with his first three serves, but Federer was simply waiting patiently for his opportunity and seized it with a backhand winner down the line as Raonic came into the net. An ace of his own gave Federer three set points and he took the second with a forehand winner.

That seemed to break Raonic's spirit and Federer broke serve twice early in the third set on his way to a convincing victory.

Earlier, Gasquet had hit back from losing the opening set but was powerless to prevent Tsonga from running away with it by breaking early in the third and fourth.

After completing a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 win, the seventh seed said: "I am just very happy to go through.

"Richard is a very good friend and I have known him since I was 10. It's never easy to play against a friend."


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