Quer­rey us­pets Djokovic in Paris Masters

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Sam Quer­rey re­cov­ered from a hu­mil­i­at­ing first set to beat sec­ond- seeded No­vak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the sec­ond round of the Paris Masters.

It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been elim­i­nated so early in a tour­na­ment. '' Dur­ing the sec­ond set I al­ready felt that phys­i­cally I'm down, and I strug­gled (in) ev­ery game,'' Djokovic said. ''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 a lot of things on my mind.''

The Serb en­tered the court wear­ing a Darth Vader mask on Hal­loween, and con­tin­ued to put on a show by win­ning the first set in just 21 min­utes.

''It was a lit­tle em­bar­rass­ing,'' Quer­rey said. ''But then I got rolling and got more con­fi­dence and started serv­ing bet­ter and be­ing a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive.''

Djokovic then started to wa­ver un­der the re­lent­less ac­cu­racy of the Amer­i­can's big serve, and made too many un­forced er­rors the rest of the way. Quer­rey hit 18 aces and con­verted his sec­ond match point when Djokovic's re­turn sailed long.

Djokovic had al­ready se­cured the year-end No. 1 rank­ing af­ter de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer pulled out of the tour­na­ment to rest for the sea­son-end­ing ATP World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don.

Af­ter seal­ing the first set with some ex­trav­a­gant shot­mak­ing, ev­ery­thing had pointed to a com­fort­able win for Djokovic af­ter he broke for a 2-0 lead in the sec­ond set.

But Quer­rey found his range, hit­ting 10 aces dur­ing the set. Djokovic played too many loose shots in the tiebreak and Quer­rey evened the match on his first set point when Djokovic's fore­hand clipped the net and bounced wide.

''I was con­cerned about how long I can keep that level, since phys­i­cally I'm not feel­ing very good in last cou­ple of days,'' Djokovic said. '' When you're play­ing some­body that hits, that serves that well in the cor­ners, there is noth­ing you can do.''

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