GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
Chardy Ousts Top Seed Mayer
by ATP Staff|
Florian Mayer’s woes at the Grand Prix Hassan II continued on Thursday as he suffered his third second-round defeat in four appearances at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament. The top seed was beaten 6-3, 6-1 in a rain-delayed clash by France’s Jeremy Chardy and dropped to a 2-4 event record.
The No. 64-ranked Chardy converted six of his 11 break point opportunities and only dropped eight points on serve in the second set as he wrapped up victory in 58 minutes. The 25 year old is through to his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season after reaching the semi-finals at the VTR Open (l. to Monaco) in Vina del Mar and the last eight at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel (l. to Wawrinka) in Acapulco.
"I feel very well," said Chardy. "I came back from 1-3 behind in the first set. I was playing very aggressively during every point until the end. I hope I can continue like this in my next match. I often played in Morocco and I made some good results here."
Chardy goes onto face seventh seed Albert Ramos after the Spaniard defeated Romania’s Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-4 in 82 minutes. He broke serve three times from four opportunities to record his 12th win in a season highlighted by reaching the semi-finals at the Brasil Open 2012 (l. to Almagro) in Sao Paulo.
"The match was more difficult than what the result says," said Ramos. "I'm happy that I won. Against Chardy it will be a difficult match. He has very powerful ground strokes and played a good match today."
Rain suspended the rest of play on Thursday. The remaining second-round singles matches will be played on Friday, before quarter-final action begins.