PARIS - Top seed Roger Federer, third-seeded Andy Murray and former world No. 1 Andy Roddick landed in the quarterfinals, while second-seeded and defending champion Novak Djokovic was a third-round upset victim Thursday at the Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters event of the year.
The Australian Open champion Federer, seeking his first-ever trip into the semifinals at this Parisian event, handled Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3. Federer popped 11 aces and was not broken here on Day 5.
Stepanek was a finalist here back in 2004.
The Swiss great Federer bested the U.S. Open runner-up Djokovic in last week's marquee finale in Federer's hometown of Basel.
Up next for the 16-time major champion Federer will be 11th-seeded Austrian lefthander Jurgen Melzer, who ousted seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3. The gritty Ferrer was fresh off his title in Valencia in his native Spain last week.
Djokovic will not repeat as the Paris Masters champ after heavy French favorite Michael Llodra sent him packing in 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 fashion on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports. Djokovic was unable to break Llodra's quality serve, while the French southpaw tallied a pair of breaks en route to victory.
The Serbian Djokovic defeated another French favorite, Gael Monfils, in last year's finale here.
The Aussie Open runner-up Murray snuck past 13th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 7 minutes to set-up a quarterfinal bout with Monfils. Murray and Cilic combined for 25 aces, including 14 for the winner from Scotland.
An eighth-seeded Roddick, who has now qualified for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in two weeks, topped talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 7-6 (10-8). The American strongman fired 12 aces and held his big serve throughout to advance.
Roddick's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be fourth-seeded French Open runner-up Robin Soderling, who got past Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 on Day 5.
More upsets came when 10th-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, the 2006 Paris Masters winner, took out fifth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, the 2005 Paris Masters champ, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0, and a 12th-seeded Monfils outlasted sixth-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5. Davydenko will battle Llodra on Friday.
Berdych, Roddick and Ferrer secured the final three berths for the upcoming eight-man World Tour Finals on Thursday. That prestigious event will also feature world No. 1 star Rafael Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Soderling.