Novak Djokovic’s attempt at humor backfired today when the Serb, who entered the court wearing a Darth Vader mask in recognition of Halloween, was upset by Sam Querrey 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Tennis Masters.
With the backing of the “Empire”, Djokovic was in total control early leading 60, 20 before losing command.
“I got off to a great start but I always knew that the problem today would be the continuity of my energy,” Djokovic said. “I’ve had a difficult past few days and I could feel it straight away in the second set – I just had nothing left. These were personal problems that I don’t really want to talk about right now but looking on the bright side, this at least gives me some extra days off to recover and prepare for the end of the season.”
According to reports Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, has been in the hospital fighting a respiratory viral illness:
“Srdjan has pulled through, the worst is behind him” and he may be discharged from the hospital in about 10 days, said Goran Djokovic, Srdjan’s brother, in a phone interview with Bloomberg News earlier today.
After nine unsuccessful tries, Querrey earned his very first win over a Top 3 player.
“It was a little embarrassing,” Querrey admitted about the poor start. “I walked over to where Casey, my physio/chiropractor sits with my girlfriend and Casey’s wife, and I said, ‘I hope I can get two games in this set.’
“Once I got the two games I kind of settled down,” he said. “I was like, ‘Okay, that’s all I want.’ But then I got rolling and got more confidence and started serving better and being a little more aggressive.”
Djokovic, who had won 10 straight matches coming into Paris, will now have four days off to prepare for the year-end ATP Finals in London where he’ll be the top seed. Djokovic is also confirmed as the 2012 No. 1 ranked player.
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