Serbia’s Novak Djokovic yesterday crashed out of the Paris Masters in his first match, losing 0-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to American journeyman Sam Querrey in the second round.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during yesterday’s Paris Masters Rd 1 match against USA’s Sam Querrey. PIC/AFP
Djokovic, who is assured of finishing at the top of the ATP world rankings at the end of the season, has not lost a match at such an early stage of a competition since Miami in March 2010.
His departure is a fresh blow for the tournament which has already had to do without star draw absentees Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic, who regardless of this defeat takes over the World No 1 spot from Federer on Monday, strode onto the court wearing a Darth Vader mask but found himself the victim of a Halloween horror show.
Querrey fired 18 aces in a battle lasting just over two hours,
with the American winning his first career match against a top three player after nine defeats.