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By Akshay Kohli
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Sam Querrey caused the biggest upset of the tournament when he emerged as the last man standing against second seeded Novak Djokovic 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in just over 2 hours in the second round of the BNP Paribas Paris Masters.
Djokovic took the first set in just 20 minutes after some brutal hitting that helped him break the Querrey serve thrice en route to a bagel opening set. With 9 winners and a good percentage of first serves in, Djokovic was on the offensive from the beginning and Querrey was not able to answer the questions being asked by Djokovic. Querrey kept committing errors and gifted away some points to Djokovic, who grabbed them with both hands to finally serve out the set successfully.
It was Querrey who took the second set to everyone’s surprise. After leading 2-0 with a break in the second set, it seemed like Djokovic lost his way as Querrey fought back valiantly, breaking the Djokovic serve to level things at 2 all and later taking the set in a tie-break. With 10 aces and 22 smacking winners, Querrey won all his points at the net and win 86% of his first serve points when it fell in.
The final set was a close encounter with just one break going to the American, who capitalized the break and kept holding his serve and finally served it out with a high kick serve and raising his arms in triumph to cap off a great victory.
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