Match Recap from Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Jeremy Chardy advances to the Round of 16
Back in Doha for the first time since capturing his debut doubles title with partner Fabrice Martin, Jeremy Chardy survived a 1st-Round 3-setter with Qualifier Gregoire Barrere. While most of the field gathered at the Pearl’s Marsa Malaz Kempinski for the annual Player Dinner Gala, the World #54 patiently put in 2-hours of work, and landed a spot in Round-2 where he’ll face this year’s top-seed Stan Wawrinka tomorrow.
Jeremy Chardy -54- (FRA) | Round-1 Announcer Introduction
This 32-year-old Grand Slam Finalist is back in Doha for the first time capturing the 2017 Doubles title with partner Fabrice Martin. Since then, they’ve won 2 additional Doubles titles – and last June, reached their first Grand Slam Doubles Final at Roland Garros. He’s a Davis Cup Champion, a 2-time Davis Cup Finalist, owns 1 ATP Singles title, is a 3-time Singles Finalist, and has earned 12 career victories over top-10 opponents – including a deciding-set tiebreak win over Roger Federer in Rome. Competing in his 5th Qatar ExxonMobil Open, he was a Singles Quarterfinalist here 4-years-ago. From France – this is 2017 Doha Doubles Champion, Jeremy Chardy.
▲ R1 — def [Q] Gregoire Barrere -83- (FRA) | Score: 63 36 63
Announcer Corner | Jeremy Chardy
Thanks to his partnership with countryman Fabrice Martin – over the past two seasons, Jeremy Chardy’s Doubles success has eclipsed his Singles results. 3-years-ago, in just their 3rd event together, Jeremy and Fabrice captured their first Doubles title together here in Doha after dispatching top-seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the Semifinals. Last season, they won two additional titles and reached the Final at Roland Garros.
That said, Chardy is still a menace one-on-one. Last season in Singles, he opened his campaign with a Semifinal run in Brisbane, knocking-out defending champion Nick Kyrgios in the 2nd-Round. He struggled to earn consistent results the rest of the year – but his Doubles play was spot-on. Not only did he capture 2 titles with Martin, he won a 3rd in Rotterdam with Henri Kontinen – bringing his career total to 7 Doubles titles in 15 Finals.
Though his Singles ranking dropped to World #80 by July, he recovered in the second half of the season. He capped the year with another top-10 victory – upsetting World #4 Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters. As a Qualifier, he clawed his way to the Round of 16 and finished the season just outside the top-50.
[Q] Gregoire Barrere -83- (FRA) | Round-1 Announcer Introduction
Here in Doha for the first time, he qualified for this year’s main draw by earning wins over Salvatore Caruso on Saturday, and Thiago Monteiro yesterday. And over the past two seasons, this 25-year-old Frenchman has been on a steady climb, poised to make his presense felt in the new decade. At this time last year, he was ranked outside the top-150, and had yet to earn his first ATP Tour-level victory. That all changed in February, when he won his first Tour-level match as a Lucky Loser in Marseille. He went-on to win his first Grand Slam main-draw match as a Wild Card at Roland Garros, Qualified at Wimbledon, Qualified again at the US Open, and cracked the ATP’s top-100 for the first time. Making his Qatar ExxonMobil Open debut – From France, he is Gregoire Barrere.
▼ R1 — lost Jeremy Chardy -54- (FRA) | Score: 36 63 36
Announcer Corner | Gregoire Barrere
At the start of 2018, Gregoire Barrere was ranked World #623. After winning 3 Futures titles, lifting his first Challenger trophy, and qualifying for his first Major at Wimbledon – he ended the season ranked just outside the top-150. In all, he climbed 460 positions in the rankings in just 12-months. Impressive…but he still had yet to win a Tour-level match.
Last season, three weeks after winning the 2019 Quimper Challenger, he fell in the Final Round of Qualifying in Marseille. But with Gael Monfils’ withdrawal, Gregoire was granted a Lucky Loser slot in the main draw and earned his first Tour victoy over Jiri Vesely. Lightning struck.
2019 was packed with career-firsts, including his first three main-draw Grand Slam wins. By September, he climbed to a career-high ranking of World #80 after reaching his 6th career Challenger Final in Orleans.