Daniil Medvedev dumped out of Paris Masters but Alexander Zverev boosts ATP Finals hopes
Daniil Medvedev suffered a rare defeat as he lost to Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters as he failed to win what would have been a third successive ATP Tour title.
The Russian has been on a true hot streak this summer, winning 29 of this previous 32 matches.
However, he crashed out to home favourite Chardy, who blasted his way to a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win.
Chardy, ranked 65 and roared on by a partisan crowd, came storming back after losing the opening set, breaking Medvedev twice in the second and again, decisively, in the seventh game of the decider, to secure a shock win.
Germany’s sixth seed Alexander Zverev swept past Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-3 to set up a third-round clash with Denis Shapovalov or Fabio Fognini.
Shapovalov progressed after his first-round opponent Gilles Simon retired at 2-2 in the opening set.
Jan-Lennard Struff knocked out defending champion Karen Khachanov, winning 7-6 (5) 3-6 7-5 in two hours.
Germany’s Struff, 29, hit 43 winners against the Russian eighth seed and now faces Italian 10th seed Matteo Berrettini or 2008 tournament winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round.
Taylor Fritz won an all-American affair against Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-4 to set up a second-round match with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas.
France’s lucky loser Corentin Moutet faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the second round after defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-4 1-6 6-3.
Kyle Edmund ended an eight-match losing streak in convincing fashion with victory over Ricardas Berankis.
The 24-year-old Briton, who had lost eight straight matches dating back to early August, next faces Argentina’s 14th seed Diego Schwartzman after a 6-4 6-3 win.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov came through 4-6 6-1 6-2 against France’s Ugo Humbert, Moldova’s Radu Albot defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (5) 7-6 (6) and Australian Alex De Minaur beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere 6-1 6-4.
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