World No. 87 Jeremy Chardy was extremely satisfied with the way he performed against Italian Thomas Fabbiano in the Istanbul Open quarter-finals on Friday. The Frenchman demolished the 100th-ranked Italian as he lost just four games in an hour and 17 minutes of play 6-2 6-2.
Chardy, 31, broke Fabbiano twice in each set and saved the Italian's lone break point -- which came during the second set. It was the first-ever meeting at the ATP level between Chardy and Fabbiano. The Frenchman previously beat Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in his Istanbul opener before he fought past Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in three sets in the last-16.
Chardy has clinched his first ATP semi-final since the 2015 Rogers Cup. "I played my best match since the beginning of the tournament. I was very focused, happy with the comfortable win," Chardy said post-match. Chardy is due to meet world No.
114 Taro Daniel in the Istanbul semi-finals. Daniel recovered from 4-0 down in the third set to beat Rogerio Dutra Silva 1-6 6-1 6-4 and reach his first ATP semi-final. Chardy and Daniel have no previous meetings. Also read: James Ward not rushing anything as he targets successful comeback