• Australian Open, Day Eight

Murray wary of in-form Chardy

ESPN staff
January 21, 2013
Andy Murray is yet to drop a set in Melbourne © Getty Images

Andy Murray expects to come up against a man playing without any fear when he meets Jeremy Chardy in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Murray, who eased past Gilles Simon on Monday, is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park, but will be wary of his opponent who has already claimed the scalp of sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, with a surprise 6-3 6-3 6-7(3) 3-6 6-3 victory in the third round.

The world No. 36 reached the last eight of a grand slam for the first time in his career following his fourth-round victory over Andreas Seppi.

Murray leads the head-to-head 4-1, but lost their latest encounter, suffering a shock defeat to the Frenchman in Cincinnati last summer and knows only too well how dangerous Chardy can be.

"He has had two very good wins, one against Del Potro a couple of rounds ago, and the last time I played him in Cincinnati I lost to him," Murray said. "I've played him quite a few times. We grew up around the same time in juniors. We know each other pretty well.

"The Cincinnati match was disappointing from my side. I normally play quite well against him. But he's playing good tennis. He's had some big wins this week. He serves well. He's very aggressive off his forehand. His backhand is his weaker side, for sure. He hits a lot of slice, doesn't come over it too much. He likes to come forward.

"He can be erratic. But when his game is on, like it's been the last few rounds, he's a very tough player to play because he doesn't give you too much rhythm. And, yeah, he really goes for it."

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