Andy Murray 'shocked' by Juan Martin del Potro exit

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy celebrates after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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Andy Murray says that he was shocked to see Juan Martin del Potro sent crashing out of the Australian Open.

Andy Murray has said that he was surprised by Juan Martin del Potro's third-round exit to Jeremy Chardy in the Australian Open.

The Argentine - winner of the US Open in 2010 - was toppled by the Frenchman in Melbourne, despite clawing his way back from two sets down.

He was in the Scot's section of the draw, and the pair were on course for a quarter-final meeting.

Murray, who came through his third round match against Ricardas Berankis, believes that the Australian Open can be tricky to navigate.

"I would say [Del Potro's defeat] was a surprise," said Murray.

"He was the favourite for the match, but often there's surprises in Australia, at this event. It's the first tournament he's played this year."

Chardy will now play Andreas Seppi for a place in the last eight.

Italy's Andreas Seppi celebrates after winning his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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