Federer ousted; Murray moves on in Rome

 

The Sports Network

Rome, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time runner-up Roger Federer suffered an upset, while British star Andy Murray reached the third round at the $4 million Italian Masters tennis event.

Capable 47th-ranked Frenchman Jeremy Chardy stunned the fourth-seeded former world No. 1 great Federer in come-from-behind 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) fashion at Foro Italico.

Federer had match point in the third-set tiebreak, but Chardy saved it with an improbable cross-court forehand on the run when it looked like Federer was about to win the match.

After capturing the first set handily, Federer began to pile up unforced errors at an alarming rate on a windy Wednesday. The Swiss icon committed 43 unforced errors -- 20 in the second set alone -- to Chardy's 28.

"I wasn't able to stretch the lead when I had it," Federer said. "But at the end, it was shot here or there that decided the match."

Federer lost to seven-time champion Rafael Nadal in last year's Rome finale, also lost to Nadal here in 2006 and was the runner-up to another Spaniard, Felix Mantilla, in 2003.

The 32-year-old Federer skipped last week's Madrid Masters when his wife, Mirka, gave birth to the couple's second set of twins, this time boys, Leo and Lenny. Federer and Mirka also have four-year-old twins girls, Myla and Charlene.

The seventh-seeded Wimbledon champion Murray avoided an upset by handling Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 7-5 on Day 4 of this clay court French Open tune-up.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 11 Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga snuck past tall South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (16-14), 7-6 (7-5); No. 12 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov outslugged 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; No. 14 Russian Mikhail Youzhny got past Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 7-5, 4-1, retired; and No. 15 German veteran Tommy Haas topped Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. The 36-year-old Haas was a Rome finalist 12 years ago.

Also on Wednesday in the "Eternal City," talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis fought back to beat Frenchman Stephane Robert 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 6-3, Austrian left-hander Jurgen Melzer doused Croat Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 and Croat Ivan Dodig whipped Czech Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-2.

Read more Tennis stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category