Paris, France – Former world No. 1 great Roger Federer seeded Andy Murray lost and ranked star Novak Djokovic withdrew from his scheduled quarterfinal bout because of a nagging right shoulder injury Friday at the $3.06 million Paris Masters.
The third-seeded Federer became only the seventh man to reach 800 wins in the Open Era (since 1968) by getting past gritty Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour, 24 minutes. Federer joined Jimmy Connors, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Stefan Edberg in the 800-win club.
The Swiss icon, who smacked seven aces and was broken only once by Monaco on Day 5, has reached every Masters final with the exception of Paris.
Federer is fresh off his first title in 10 months, which came in his native Basel last week. Monaco was a runner-up last week in Valencia.
Up next for the 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer will be big Czech slugger Tomas Berdych. Federer is 9-4 lifetime against Berdych, but the Czech captured their lone meeting this year in a quarterfinal at the Masters event in Cincinnati.
A fifth-seeded Berdych upset the Aussie Open runner-up Murray 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. The ultra- tight, high-quality affair lasted 3 hours, 12 minutes.
Murray was riding a sizzling 17-match winning streak, which included three titles during the ATP's recent Asian swing.
The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych captured this Parisian tournament back in 2005.
Meanwhile, the Djokovic withdrawal gave sixth-seeded French favorite Jo- Wilfried Tsonga a walkover into Saturday's semifinals. Tsonga lost to Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open finale.
Tsonga was a popular Paris Masters titlist back in 2008.
"I am very sorry for the tournament and the fans in Paris, but my right shoulder is hurting again after winning my first two matches here," said the 2009 Paris Masters titlist Djokovic.
"The doctors have advised that I should rest my shoulder and start treatment as soon as possible. I look forward to returning to the court in London and competing at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals."
The season-ending event in London is scheduled to start November 20.
The 24-year-old Djokovic is enjoying one of the best seasons in tennis history. The Serb has an incredible 69-4 match record, including a 10-1 mark in title matches, becoming the top-ranked player in the world in the process. He also captured three of the year's four Grand Slam events, taking the Aussie Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns.
The 2011 Paris Masters titlist will claim $625,000.