Russian stars Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev were causalities in their opening rounds at the prestigious Paris Masters Indoors.
Khachanov, the defending champion, was ousted by 29-year-old German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5.
The win was Struff’s seventh Top 10 victory of his career, and set him up for a showdown with Matteo Berrettini.
Medvedev had been the hottest guy the last half of the year, but the winner of the last two Masters was shocked by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
“It’s a beautiful victory,” said Chardy. “When you play a match like this on the central court in France and you win it, it’s a wonderful feeling. All the efforts that are deployed every day are aimed at achieving a goal like this one. It’s great, and I’m going to enjoy it tonight.
“When you play players like that, that are of such a high level, you need to have a perfect game level,” he added. “And all my break points, I played them well, so it’s frustrating when you’re the opponent. This has happened to me the other way round, and it was great to be on the right side of the court this time.
Medvedev had made the finals of his last six events.
Also Tuesday, Alexander Zverev rolled into the third round and bolstered his London hopes beating Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-3.
Grigor Dimitrov and Denis Shapovalov also got past French opposition. And Taylor Fritz defeated countryman Frances Tiafoe in three.
On Wednesday, 4-time champion Novak Djokovic makes his debut against French “lucky loser” Corentin Moutet. Seeking his first indoor title in Paris, Rafael Nadal returns to battle Adrian Mannarino.
Djokovic and Nadal are in a race for the year-end No. 1 ranking.
“He’s in a much better position, but I hope I can do well in this tournament,” Djokovic said of Nadal’s 2019 Race lead.
“I’ve historically played really well indoors in Paris and also London, but it doesn’t depend on me. So, you know, I cannot really focus really too much on what he is doing or other players. I’ll try to kind of get the most out of my performances and see where it takes me.
“In order to have a chance, you know, for year-end No. 1, I have to win all of my matches till the end of the season, which I’m aware of. But, again, also, you know, it depends on him, how he does.
“So these kind of calculations are never really great for mentality of a player, and they take away vital energy that you need to use for your performance, so I prefer not really think about it too much.”
Also, Milos Raonic meets Dominic Thiem and Gael Monfils gets Benoit Paire.
WEDNESDAY PARIS INDOORS SCHEDULE
Court Central Starts At 11:00 Am
R32 Milos Raonic v (5) Dominic Thiem
R32 Taylor Fritz v (7) Stefanos Tsitsipas
R32 (13)Gael Monfils v Benoit Paire
R32 (1)Novak Djokovic v (LL) Corentin Moutet
Not Before 7:30 Pm
R32 (WC)Adrian Mannarino v (2) Rafael Nadal
Not Before 8:30 Pm
R32(WC)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v (10) Matteo Berrettini
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