Chardy makes Federer fight for third round berth

Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:27pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer kept up his hopes of finishing the year as world number one when he downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

The world number two, who has a chance of leapfrogging Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings and equaling Pete Sampras's record of ending six seasons as the number one, knew Chardy would be a tough nut to crack and he did not disappoint at Bercy.

"I was expecting it to be difficult... Chardy has made it hard for me in the past," Federer told a news conference.

"I thought it could be tough, and it was. I could have lost the first, I could have won the second, but it went the other way. So I think as the match went longer, the better I actually started to play and created more opportunities."

Chardy, who beat Federer in their previous encounter at the Rome Masters earlier this year, saved two match points in the second set.

The second-seeded Swiss, however, claimed the deciding set in more comfortable fashion to set up a third-round meeting with France's Lucas Pouille or Italian Fabio Fognini.

It went much more smoothly for eighth seed Andy Murray who is within one match of securing his place in the ATP World Tour Finals next month after easing past local favorite Julien Benneteau 6-3 6-4.

The Scot, who needs to reach the last eight here to book his ticket to the Nov. 9-16 Finals in London, next meets ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov.   Continued...

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves the ball to Belgium's Goffin during their final match at the Swiss Indoors ATP tennis tournament in Basel October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann