Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jeremy Chardy

Jérémy Chardy was born at 12 February 1987 in Pau, France. He is a French professional tennis player. He won the 2005 Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles title, and finished as the runner-up of the 2005 US Open Boys' Singles, losing to Ryan Sweeting. His career high rank was 31, achieved on November 2, 2009.

Chardy made his Grand Slam debut in 2006, benefitting of a wild card at the French Open, where he beat Jonas Björkman in straight sets in the first round before losing in four sets to fifteenth-seeded David Ferrer in the second round.

In 2008, after losing the final of the Marrakech Challenger in May to eventual French Open semifinalist Gaël Monfils, Chardy produced his best Grand Slam showing so far in his professional career at the French Open, where he entered as a wild card, and came back in the second round from being led two-sets-to-love by ATP No. 6 David Nalbandian to defeat him 3–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–2. He continued his run beating thirtieth seed Dmitry Tursunov 7–6(1), 6–3, 6–4, before losing in the fourth round to nineteenth seed Nicolás Almagro 7–6(0) 7–6(7), 7–5, after holding set points in each of the three sets.
In 2009 he began with a first round loss in Doha before reaching the quarterfinals in Sydney, where he fell to Richard Gasquet 6–2, 7–6(4). At the Australian Open he fell in the second round to defending champion Novak Djoković 7–5, 6–1, 6–3.
In his next tournament at Johannesburg, he reached the semifinals following 3 straight sets wins. In the semi-final he came up against World #13 David Ferrer and saved 3 match points in the second set to beat him 1–6, 7–6(9), 7–6(4), and reach his first ATP final.[1] However, he lost the final to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–4, 7–6(5).

He lost in the opening round of his next tournament, the 2009 Open 13 in Marseille to Novak Djokovic 7–6(4), 6–4. In Delray Beach he was seeded 7th and started by beating Tommy Haas 7–6(7), 6–3. He followed it up with victories over Andrey Golubev 7–6(4), 7–5 and Marcos Baghdatis 7–6(7), 7–6(3). He fell in the semifinals to top seed and eventual winner Mardy Fish 6–4, 6–1.

Chardy frequently plays doubles with compatriot Gilles Simon. They most recently competed at the Monte Carlo Masters together, losing to Nikolay Davydenko and Oliver Marach in the first round, 6–4, 6–1. At Wimbledon, Chardy lost in the first round to eventual finalist Andy Roddick 6–3, 7–6(3), 4–6, 6–3.

Next, Chardy played at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. He first beat José Acasuso 6–2, 7–6(4), then Martín Vassallo Argüello 2–6, 6–3, 6–1. He then defeated local hopes Mischa Zverev 7–6(4), 6–1 and Nicolas Kiefer 6–3, 7–5 on the same day to reach his second career final, where he triumphed over fourth-seeded Victor Hănescu 1–6, 6–3, 6–4 to clinch his maiden ATP title.

At the beginning of the 2010 season, he started poorly; losing in the first rounds of the Brisbane International, Heineken Open, the Australian Open, and at the SAP Open. However he finally registered his first win in the tour, at the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in style, as he beat no.2 seed Fernando Verdasco 7–6(4), 6–3 in the first round. This was arguably his best win to date and only his fourth ever win against a top 10 player. At the 2010 Rogers Cup, Chardy defeated Verdasco once more in the second round and followed this up with an easy win over the sixth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko in the round of 16, before losing to Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

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