Michael Llodra won a potential dress rehearsal for next month's Davis Cup final as the Frenchman shocked Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 6-2 at the Paris Masters on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the last three pieces of the qualifying jigsaw puzzle for the World Tour Finals fell into place as a victory for Gael Monfils determined the London line-up.
The 12th-seeded Monfils, a losing finalist to Djokovic here a year ago, produced a spectacular 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5 win over Fernando Verdasco that ended the Spaniard's hopes of making the eight-man roster.
The third-round victory by Monfils means Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, Spain's David Ferrer and American Andy Roddick will complete the field for the season-ending event that starts a week on Sunday. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling had already secured their places at the event at London's O2 Arena. Earlier, eighth seed Roddick defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 7-6(8) to knock Jurgen Melzer out of the race for the season finale.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the World Tour Finals by reaching the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind win. The sixth seeds beat Jonathan Erlich and M Kohlmann 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.
The results: Third round: Michael Llodra bt Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 6-2; Andy Roddick bt Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-6(8); Gael Monfils bt Fernando Verdasco 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5.
Second round: David Ferrer bt Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4); Roger Federer bt Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4; Robin Soderling bt Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-0. Doubles: Mahesh Bhupathi & Max Mirnyi bt Jonathan Erlich & M Kohlmann 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 . — Agencies