Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s compatriot, Jeremy Chardy, has been defeated by Michael Berrer of Germany in the pre quarter final round of the ongoing Mercedes Cup. Berrer won the match in three sets by 6-2, 6-7(1), 6-3.
The outcome of the match was a surprising one as nobody was expecting Berrer to get better of an in form Chardy. But, the German veteran played quality tennis and overpowered his opponent to make his way into the final 8.
In the post match interview, the ecstatic German said, “It’s nice to reach the quarter finals in a clay court tournament. People say I am not that strong on these kinds of surfaces. So, it’s an achievement for me. Hopefully, I will be able to carry the momentum on in the next game as well.”
In the opening set, both the players held their serve in the first two games and the scores were equalized at 1-1.
In the 3rd game, Berrer sneaked a breakthrough and then, served out the next game to take a lead of 3-1.
The next couple of games went with the serve and Berrer was ahead by 4-2 when the 6th game got over.
Chardy’s serve was broken again in the 7th game which gave Berrer the opportunity to clinch the set by winning his next service game. The German player capitalized on that chance and served out the 8th game to win the opener.
In the second set, there were no breakthroughs in the first 12 games and the set was extended into the tie breaker.
In the tie breaker, Berrer couldn’t hold his nerve and gave away some easy points to his opponent. Chardy pulled off the tie breaker convincingly and the match went into the third set.
In the deciding set, the first 7 games went with the serve and Berrer was ahead by 4-3 at the end of the 7th game.
With a serve break in the 8th game, the German player extended his lead to 5-3 and then, by holding his serve in the next game, he finished things off.
In the quarter final, Berrer will take on Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain.