Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev suffered a shock defeat by home favorite Jeremy Chardy on a bad day for Russians at the Paris Masters on Tuesday, while Alexander Zverev boosted his chances of qualifying for the ATP Finals.
Medvedev, who will make his debut at the ATP Finals in London next month after a barnstorming season, lost for the first time since the US Open final, going down 4-6 6-2 6-4.
Earlier defending champion Karen Khachanov was bundled out by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, losing 7-6(5) 3-6 7-5.
The 29-year-old Struff finished off the eighth seed with a superb smash from the baseline.
Defeat ruled Khachanov out of the running for the ATP Finals and is likely to see him fall out of the top 10 to No.16.
Medvedev was on a nine-match winning run taking in St Petersburg and Shanghai where he took his tally of titles this season to four, but he came up against an inspired Chardy.
The Russian, who had reached six successive finals, looked in control when he took the first set but he ultimately paid for failing to convert 14 of the 15 break points he carved out.
Chardy even saved one as he served for the match in the decider, going on to reach the third round at the Paris event for the first time at the 10th attempt.
He will face Chile’s Cristian Garin or 2016 finalist John Isner of the US in the next round.
Struff chiseled out a tough first set with a backhand winner at 5-5 in the tiebreak before serving an ace. Khachanov then roared back to win 12 of the first 17 points of the second set on his way to levelling.
Struff let slip a 3-1 lead in the decider but broke again when Khachanov served at 5-6.
Zverev, who won last season’s ATP Finals and is bidding to take one of the remaining two slots for this year’s event with a strong showing in Paris, needed less than an hour to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-3.
The German, who is seventh in the Race to London standings, will face Denis Shapovalov or Fabio Fognini in the next round.
Top seed Novak Djokovic begins with a second-round clash against French lucky loser Corentin Moutet, while No.2 seed Rafael Nadal, playing his first tournament since getting married this month, also begins against a Frenchman in wildcard Adrian Mannarino.
19 February 2018
Check out this impressive tattoo that Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova stumbled across last we... More
28 March 2017
Grunting. It’s a conversation - or argument - that has dogged tennis for a number of yea... More
21 February 2018
Ryan Harrison has described his relationship with Donald Young as almost irreparable after... More