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'Darth' Djokovic Suffers Halloween Nightmare; Querrey Records Biggest Career Win

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Querrey© Getty ImagesSam Querrey's previous best result was against World No. 4 Andy Murray at 2010 Los Angeles.

American Sam Querrey recorded the biggest match win of his career on Wednesday when he defeated 2009 titlist and second seed Novak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 at the BNP Paribas Masters.

Having won just 10 points in the 20-minute first set, Querrey bounced back to record his first win over a Top 10 player in 12 months (2011 Valencia Open 500, d. Tsonga). Querrey hit 18 aces and saved six of 10 break points.

When asked how he felt at one set and 0-2 down, Querrey said, “It was a little embarrassing. 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. 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 entered Court Central wearing a Darth Vader mask, as part of his Halloween celebrations. He failed to convert all five of his break point opportunities in the deciding set and dropped to a 70-12 match record on the season. "Sam played very well, served very well," said Djokovic.

Querrey will next square off against 14th seed Milos Raonic. The Canadian overcame Jeremy Chardy 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes, hitting 26 aces to eight double faults. Querrey defeated Raonic in the second round of Wimbledon to win their first meeting this season.

John Isner saw his outside chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals come to an end. Wild card Michael Llodra knocked off the 10th-seeded Isner 6-4, 7-6(5) in 79 minutes, converting the only break of serve and winning 84 per cent of his service points. In defeat, Isner surpassed 1000 aces for the season.

Llodra reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final at the event in 2010. In the third round, Llodra will face seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro.

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