Sam Querrey reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal of the year with a convincing 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over Canada's Milos Raonic on Thursday at the Paris Masters. That came after Andy Murray had made a shock exit, losing from match point up against the Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Murray's defeat means that, for the first time since 2006, none of the world's current top four -- who have dominated the men's game for the past five years -- will have reached the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 event.
This time age and inexperience -- both applicable in 2006 -- had nothing to do with it. Injuries and top players concerned about going straight into the round robin format of the ATP World Finals in London starting on Monday have played their part. Previously there was a week off between the two events.
That is not to say Murray did not try against Janowicz. He dealt well with the Pole's massive serve, unleashed way above his 6-foot-8 height, in the first ...