French wild card holder Michael Llodra has pulled off another big upset at this year’s Paris Masters as he beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets 6-4 6-3.
Both players were holding their serves until the 10th game of the firs set, when Llodra managed to break Del Potro as the Argentine was serving to stay in the set. Llodra used his serve and volley very well and Del Potro was unable to inflict any major damage with his passing shots. The Frenchman hit 11 winners, commited 10 unforced errors against the Argentine’s 6 winners and 11 UEs in a set that lasted 36 minutes.
Llodra had a massive opportunity to break Del Potro in the fourth game of the second set, but the Argentine managed to come back from 15-40 down with the help of some big first serves. However, the Frenchman earned himself another break point opportunity in the 8th game of the set and this time didn’t hesitate to take it. He then went on to serve out the match, setting up a quarterfinal encounter against the winner of the match between Milos Raonic and Sam Querrey.
Stats of the match:
Llodra hit 24 winners, committed 15 UEs and his first serve percentage was 62% (winning 90% of the points after the first serve found it’s mark).
Del Potro came up with 17 winners, producing 19 UEs and his first serve percentage was set at 71% (winning 67% of the points after the 1st serve).
Also out of the tournament is Brit Murray, who got eliminated by qualifier Janowicz, with the Pole prevailing 5-7 7-6 (4) 6-2.