Novak Djokovic is out of the Paris Masters 2012 after American Sam Querrey defeated him in three sets 0-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.
Second seeded Djokovic stormed through the opening set, not allowing Querrey a single game by taking it 6-0 in just 20 minutes.
As the Serb took his opponent’s serve in the opening game of the second set and managed to consolidate the break to take a 2-0 lead, it all looked done and dusted. However, Querrey wasn’t going to give up so easily and broke Djokovic to 30 in the four game to level the score at 2-2. With no more breaks of serve, the set had to be decided in a tiebreak. Both players exchanged one mini break each at the beginning of it, taking it to 3-3. After the Serb overhit a backhand when serving at 5-5, he handed Querrey his first set point. The American welcomed it with arms wide open, forcing a decider.
There were a couple of crucial moments in the third set. The first came in the fifth game as Querrey managed to take Djokovic’s serve to go 3-2 up. The second, match deciding game came in the eight game when the Serb earned himself five break points alltogether, but failed to take any of them. When serving for the match at 5-4, Querrey held his nerve and closed it out with a hold to 30.
Querrey will play the winner of the match between Raonic and Chardy next.
Also out of the tournament is no.10 seed John Isner after losing to Frenchman Michael Llodra in straight sets 6-4 7-6 (5).