The Cincinnati Masters provided a few surprises on Thursday with some big names receiving K.O blows.
Andy Murray was the biggest of those. The world No.4 was shocked by Jeremy Chardy, a man 34 places below him in the world standings, in a 6-4 6-4 defeat.
16 unforced errors marred Murray’s game as Chardy claimed his second seeded scalp this tournament after knocking out Andy Roddick, a two-time winner at Cincinnati, in the opening round. Chardy will play Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals.
Murray is the defending US Open champ and is recovering from a knee injury. He defeated Novak Djokovic and then Roger Federer to claim a recent gold medal in London, but withdrew from a tournament in Toronto last week with the injury, although he did look impressive in his opener against Sam Querrey the day before.
Fifth seed, Tomas Berdych, also suffered an early exit. The Czech fell against world No.19, Milos Raonic, 4-6, 6-2, 2-6 after fighting back in the second set before totally collapsing in the third.
World No.1 Federer needed just straight sets to advance past Australian teen sensation Bernard Tomic, 6-2 6-4.
The four-time Cincinnati champion is set to play American Mardy Fish in the next round. The two met in the tournament’s 2012 final with Federer winning in three sets.
To the women’s, No.1 seed, Agnieszka Radwanska, moved into the final eight after a grinding win over wildcard entrant Sloane Stephens, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Serena Williams continued her great form after winning a pair of Olympic golds to also reach the final eight. She defeated Agnieszka younger sister, Urszula Radwanska, 6-4, 6-3, while sister Venus knocked out No.7 seed Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0. Australian third seed Sam Stosur will face Venus after a crushing defeat of Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1 6-3