Federer downed by Isner, Nadal lucky to survive

Thu Nov 5, 2015 6:24pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - A long season took its toll on Roger Federer on Thursday as the Swiss was knocked out of the Paris Masters following a 7-6(3) 3-6 7-6(5) third-round defeat by big serving John Isner.

The third-seeded Swiss held serve throughout but lost 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 told reporters.

"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."

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.

Nadal saved a match point before subduing South African Kevin Anderson 4-6 7-6(6) 6-2.   Continued...

File photo of Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrating after beating Andy Murray of Britain in their men's singles semi-final match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj