- Jeremy Chardy def Liam Broady [WC] 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1
TOKYO, JAPAN – Liam Broady’s dream run at the Olympics has ended after a three set defeat to Jeremy Chardy in Tokyo.
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Jeremy Chardy def Liam Broady [WC] 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1
Liam Broady’s run at the Olympic Games is over after a three set defeat to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in Tokyo. Both players managed to grind out service games in the early stages of the match with the Frenchman surviving the first test in the fourth game when he saved break point.
In the next game Chardy bounced back well, breaking the Brit to love with aggressive returning applying the pressure on the world number 142. Both players comfortably held serve with accurate patterns of play but when the pressure was on, the Frenchman faltered as Broady pushed for the break and earned his rewards to break for 5-5. Eventually both players showed real character as the opening set went to a tiebreak. Chardy played the bigger points better and took more chances as he took the tiebreak 7-3.
The world number continued to pound the forehands and backhands away at Broady as he took charge breaking for a 2-0 lead. However you are most vulnerable when you have just broken and Broady proved that theory correct as some great angles sealed the break back to love.
Once again both players showed good Tennis IQ in important moments on serve as the set was getting to its most critical stage. That’s when Broady struck being aggressive and using great tactical variety to break for a 5-4 lead. Some bold play helped him save three break points and on his second set point converted to force the set in the deciding set.
Despite some great play it looked like the heat, humidity and match time spent on the court was getting Broady. The final set was dominated by Chardy who showed more physicality and endurance as two breaks of serve ensured his place in the quarter-finals where he will face Alexander Zverev.
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