1st of November 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Novak Djokovic collapsed to a totally unexpected three-set defeat by American Sam Querrey in the second round of the Paris Masters. The game seemed easy for the Serb, who is guaranteed to finish the year as world number one, as he seemed in total control when he took the first set without dropping a single game. But world number 23 Sam Querrey fought back to take the second set on a tie-break and then took a decisive break in the decider for a 0-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory. There day also brought wins for David Ferrer, Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic. Spanish world number five Ferrer, who beat fellow countryman Marcel Granollers in straight sets, is now the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw following Djokovic's defeat.
Novak Djokovic, who will replace Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings despite losing to Querrey, arrived on court in Paris wearing a Darth Vader mask to celebrate Halloween. His cheerful mood looked perfectly fine as he won the first eight games of the match but then Querrey improved after finally taking his first game of the match.
"I was concerned about how long I can keep that level, since physically I'm not feeling very good in last couple of days," said Djokovic. "When you're playing somebody that hits, that serves that well in the corners, there is nothing you can do. During the second set I already felt that physically I'm down, and I struggled every game. It's unfortunate, but on the brighter side, I have a little bit more time to rest because I had really difficult period in the last couple of weeks. Some things happened and there are a lot of things on my mind."
Argentine Juan Monaco and Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic will meet in the third round after straight-sets wins over Grigor Dmitrov and Igor Sijsling respectively. The winner of that match will then probably face Andy Murray in the quarter-final, as the Scot beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5 6-3 in the second round.
Sam Querrey will play 14th seed Milos Raonic of Canada after he beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-7 7-6 6-3, while Spain's Nicolas Almagro defeated countryman Albert Ramos 7-6 6-7 6-3 and seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro eased past Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-2 6-2.
Monaco, Tipsarevic, Raonic and Almagro, along with Jo-Wilfied Tsonga, still have a chance to qualify for one of the two remaining places in the ATP World Tour Finals next week, but France's Richard Gasquet blew his chances to be in London after his three-set defeat by Kevin Anderson while American John Isner also saw his hopes of reaching the finals ended after a 6-4 7-6 defeat by Michael Llodra of France.
Tsonga faces Almagro in the third round, and the Frenchman is the favourite at Bet365, being priced at 2/11 to win the game while the Spaniard is priced at 7/2.
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