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Ferrer Denies Chardy Upset Bid For Fourth Round Berth

Melbourne, Australia

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer advanced to his 15th consecutive Grand Slam fourth round with a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy.

No. 3 seed David Ferrer surged into the Australian Open fourth round following a 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Friday. The Spaniard will next face Florian Mayer in what will be his 15th consecutive Round of 16 appearance at a Grand Slam.

Chardy, who advanced to his best showing at a major at last year’s Australian Open when he upset Juan Martin del Potro en route to the quarter-finals, was unable to conjure similar magic against Ferrer. The two-time semi-finalist in Melbourne raced out to a fast start and denied the Frenchman on five set points in the second set for the victory. Chardy had triple set point while serving for the second set at 5-3 40/0 but was unable to convert. Ferrer would stage a comeback in the ensuing tie-break as well, battling back from an early mini-break deficit.

"Maybe it was my best match this week," said Ferrer about his performance. "I tried to play every point and to be focused during every point. But I knew that after I won the second set I was two sets up. The key was winning the second set."

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Ferrer improves to 5-1 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Chardy and will seek to extend his 4-3 record against Mayer when they duel with a berth in the quarter-finals on the line.

Mayer cruised past a fatigued 20th-seed Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to reach his first Round of 16 at the Australian Open, in 10 trips Down Under. Mayer turned aside Janowicz in his bid to win the 50th tour-level match of his career.

The German broke the 6’8” Pole’s serve at 5-5 in the first set and never looked back, winning 14 of the next 18 games and taking advantage of 44 unforced errors for the victory. The latest victim of the extreme heat this week, coupled with the ill-effects of a fracture in his foot, Janowicz’s movement was hampered throughout the match.

“Before I left Poland it was still a little bit broken. It was not 100 per cent healthy,” said Janowicz. “I'm anyway happy I was able to go to this third round. My second round match was also over three hours. I'm really happy because I didn't expect to be going to the third round.”

This will be the eighth meeting between Ferrer and Mayer and first since the World No. 37 won in straight sets in last year’s Shanghai Rolex Masters. Their long history began 10 years ago on the clay of Bucharest.

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