Murray crushes Chardy to reach Open semis
Dominant ... Andy Murray won in straight-sets against Jeremy Chardy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
No.3 seed Andy Murray continued his seamless progression through the Australian Open draw on Wednesday, trouncing unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in the quarter-finals.
The British star needed only one hour and 51 minutes to see off Chardy's challenge 6-4 6-1 6-2 and set up a semi-final date with Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Murray, the reigning US Open champion, has yet to drop a set in five matches at Melbourne Park this year.
The loss brought to an end the 25-year-old Chardy's best grand slam campaign.
He had beaten seeds in each of the previous three rounds, with his best victory the tough five-setter over No.6 Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina in the third round.
‘‘Today was the best I’ve played here,’’ said Murray.
‘‘I’ve struggled in the last few rounds a little bit.
’’Jeremy has had a great tournament - he’s beaten some top players.
‘‘I had to come out sharp and get off to a good start.’’
Chardy looked like he was going to make a contest of the match when he won three straight games midway through the opening set to pull the score back to 4-3.
But Murray upped the ante, winning 14 of the last 18 games of the encounter on Rod Laver Arena.