Swiss Tennis legend, Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Paris Masters following a 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(5) third-round defeat by big serving American John Isner on Thursday.
The third-seeded Swiss held serve throughout but lost the two tiebreaks against his American opponent, who will face Spain’s David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
Federer, who won the Basel title last Sunday, seemed to be cruising after breezing through the second set, but Isner pushed him to another tiebreak, using his devastating serve to prevail in the deciders.
Isner, who fired down 27 aces, ended the contest on his fourth match point with a service winner.
“It’s tough to get out of the tournament not having lost your serve but that’s how it can go against John,” the former world number one stated.
“At the very end of the season, going two tournaments in a row after playing a lot of tennis in Basel the week before… there’s maybe a bit of a letdown after Basel.”
34 year-old Federer’s defeat was the first upset at Bercy after world number one Novak Djokovic and second seed Andy Murray were joined by Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals.
British number one, Andy Murray discharged Belgium’s David Goffin 6-1 6-0 in to advance into the last eight.