Murray canters into 12th semi

By for on
Andy Murray produced his best performance of the Australian Open so far, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to book his place in the semis.

Murray has had a relatively easy ride to this stage, but Chardy promised to give the Scot a sterner test. The unseeded Frenchman was victorious in their last encounter and had already upset three seeded players - including sixth seed Del Potro - in getting to his first even slam quarter-final.

Alert to the danger, the third seed came out firing and surged into a 4-0 lead. Staring at the wrong end of a beating, Chardy's huge forehand clicked into gear and the Frenchman began to make his presence felt.  

Murray relinquished the first break to love and was wobbling when serving at *4-3, but two big first deliveries averted the danger.

Chardy looked deflated and, ominously, Murray's started to click into high gear, finally showing the form of a Slam winner. The Scot seamlessly combined his trademark defence with outright agression, transitioning from one to the other with ease.

Face with this Chardy was powerless to resist and ceded the last two sets for just three games.

Murray will meet Federer or Tsonga in the semi-final on Friday.
Good win for Andy. Chardy was no problem.
January 23, 2013, 07:14 AM
By Connor

Andy Murray produced his best performance of the Australian Open so far, beating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to book his place in the semis.

More to follow.
Would just leave it at that Boogers.
January 23, 2013, 07:17 AM
By robbie

Andy has spent only 8 hours on court after 5 matches...say no more. yes
January 23, 2013, 07:31 AM
By robbie

Just managed to watch the final game but I'm happy with the score and glad to hear that Andy played well. yay
January 23, 2013, 07:39 AM
By Aileen

I watched the first set + 2 games in 2nd, then had to leave for work. It was a nice surprise whe I gingerly logged on to get the live score.

Well done Andy . You're a star!

looking fwd to reading your report Phil!
January 23, 2013, 07:42 AM
By lashurst

Well done to Andy. I felt all along that Chardy would be put firmly in his place as was Raonic in the US open. They both flattered to deceive.
Like Andy I hope Jo-Wilfred and Prince Puff Ball knock the living daylights out of each other for 5 very long sets and that will bring parity back re night matches on the Rod L court. Whistle w00t
January 23, 2013, 07:44 AM
By michelle

I don't want Tsonga to win, Andy needs WTF revenge.
January 23, 2013, 07:45 AM
By Connor

Better performance today. His starts were increasing through the match, which suggests he's coming into some better form. Would like to see Andy win this tournament by beating Federer and then Djokovic, no one could grudge him it if he did that.
January 23, 2013, 07:54 AM
By bhill_mfc

Strong start, little dip up 4-0, allowing Chardy to get a break back and then fell 0-30 down at 5-4. Some clutch play to seal the set then started to play much better after that. To be fair I'm not sure how much the little blips were down to Andy's game as much as Chardy raising his - he wasn't missing in those games.
January 23, 2013, 08:03 AM
By TheMadHatter

Well done Andy.  Chardy perhaps regrets tweaking Andy's tail in Cinci now as Andy not taking any nonsense today apart from the blip that I missed.  Lovely relaxed post-match interview for those who says he has no sense of humour.  Now jw French pride rests on you.   Take it to 5 closely fought sets please and ideally win but if you can't do that knacker the smug one for us so he gets a late night and might regret the cushy night match.
January 23, 2013, 08:19 AM
By Ruthie

It looks like an Andy/Fed SF will probably be even money in the betting odds.
January 23, 2013, 08:20 AM
By laundry

Perfectly timed for me today - recorded match got up at 5-30 and with fast forwarding thro breaks etc i seen all of match just as it was finishing in real time. Well done andy semis here we come  yay  yay  yay
January 23, 2013, 08:40 AM
By angiebabez

Looking at the Titles of Andy's last matches...we've moved from Strolls to Canters, so hopefully the next one will be Gallops!
January 23, 2013, 09:20 AM
By michelle

That was good. The first set was a little worrying as Chardy showed signs of why he had made it this far but second two sets seemed so easy! He is getting into the zone of wanting and expecting to win which is good. Always blips but we have to forgive those in return for the rest of the skills.

Just been looking at the other match - rubbish with so many errors -  they are more than the winners. We know that Fed will up his game against Andy but could Tsonga? No idea if this will suddenly come to life so I am going to watch the cricket instead.
January 23, 2013, 09:47 AM
By marathonarthur

Well that was easier than anticipated Smile
January 23, 2013, 11:06 AM
By Hazybear

Looking at the Titles of Andy's last matches...we've moved from Strolls to Canters, so hopefully the next one will be Gallops!

January 23, 2013, 12:25 PM
By Sabine

Hi All,

I woke up at 6 this morning (slept really well, which was weird when I knew Andy was playing  yay) and saw the second and third sets. As predicted by some of us, Andy was playing some lovely stuff. You can never tell I suppose, but does anyone else share my feeling that his form is building nicely? He looked good out there today in what I saw. My heart was in my mouth a bit when he was broken serving for the match the first time, but no bother. I love how he regroups now and gets on with it. I'm sure that's made as much difference to him now as any improvement on any shot.

I heard about the first set dip, I didn't see it. I think it's all right, I really do. I mean, I'd prefer him not to dip, but I think how he reacts if he does is more important. From what I saw it looked like he regrouped and took the match, and the opponent, firmly by the scruff of the neck and really didn't let up.

Andy was great in his interview, both on court and with Crofty. Good to know he is going to try to practice under the lights on Hisense before the semi's, to get a feel for the night matches. That's the way, don't let the buggers grind you down kid. That said, he didn't seem bothered about the schedule issue, but even those of us who are/were annoyed knew he wouldn't be.

Given that Andy's form has lifted, and that the delightful Tsonga (I like him anyway, but he gets a gold star today Whistle) has given Federer a workout, and I have backed Andy to win the tourney, I'm quite looking forward to the semi's. Go on Andy!
January 23, 2013, 12:52 PM
By teejay1

I bet this won't be his best performance this year, here in Australia.
January 23, 2013, 02:20 PM
By Mario_池澄

Read the end of the match report - nice one Boogers!

I just got home and  tv  the 2nd and 3rd sets, which I am enjoying.  Little tongue man

Chardy must have had a really bad day today, otherwise gawd knows how he beat Del potro? I like his mega-forehand and drive volley, but he was very haemorrhaging UFE in the 2nd set. Nerves account for his poor performance, poss?
January 23, 2013, 04:59 PM
By lashurst

I bet this won't be his best performance this year, here in Australia.

Hi Mario, have you just joined us today?  welcome
January 23, 2013, 05:03 PM
By lashurst

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