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Djokovic exits as Llodra sets up quarter-final with Davydenko

| 12.11.2010

Novak Djokovic was stunned by local favourite Michael Llodra in the third round of the BNP Patibas Masters on Thursday, leaving Djokovic with no chance of finishing the year as the world number two.

With Federer performing so well, it was unlikely that Djokovic could take the number two spot anyway, but Djokovic’s impressive season looks to end on a low note with just the ATP World finals in London offering the Serb a last chance of a win.

But the Parisian crowd will be excited to see two Frenchman in the quarter-finals of the Paris event, (Gael Monfils faces Andy Murray on Friday night), and Llodra can expect the home support to be evident when he takes to the court at 2.30pm to face Nikolay Davydenko.

Davydenko has been struggling to find his best tennis on the hard courts this season and has excited at the quarter-final stage in his last two tournaments, although does hold a 4-1 head-to-head record over his opponent.

Llodra beat Davydenko in straight sets last time out in Rotterdam 2008, and with the home support behind him, Llodra can pull off another shock and is 1/1 to beat Davydenko.

Andy Roddick vs Robin Soderling

Finally Andy Roddick has found his form on the hard courts this season after suffering a number of losses to lower ranked players, and the American is well priced at 8/11 to win.

The two share a 2-2 head-to-head record but Roddick has won both meetings with Robin Soderling this year, although they all went the distance and Roddick is 11/4 to beat Soderling 2-1.

Soderling is 1/1 to beat Roddick but has been struggling of late to convert chances and with Roddick having secured his place in the ATP World finals in London, that confidence can take Roddick to a semi-final.

Over 23.5 goals in the Roddick game is priced at 5/6. See the full BNP Paribas Masters betting odds here.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.