Jack Draper missed out on cracking the top 40 for the first time when he lost to Frances Tiafoe at the Paris Masters. And Dan Evans followed Andy Murray out to leave British No.1 Cam Norrie as the only home player left in the French capital.
Evans was never unable to hurt world No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas as he went down 6-3 6-4 in 80 minutes in the second round.
But British No.3 Draper had chances against the US Open semi-finalist Tiafoe but failed to take any of his seven break points. And the big left-hander, who hit more winners (24-22) struggled with his forehand as he made 11 errors, often at crucial times.
The American world No.21 broke the Draper serve once in each set to win 6-3 7-5 in 85 minutes.
Draper has enjoyed an outstanding year in climbing from world No.265 at the start of the year to No.45 before his final singles event. And he won 89% of points on his ferocious first serve. But this defeat – after losing to Hubert Hurkacz and Carlos Alcaraz in his previous two matches since pulling out of the US Open injured – showed the 20-year-old still has a journey to make the top of the game.
Amazon Prime pundit Barry Cowan said: “It was just the more experience that Tiafoe has in what has been an outstanding year for Draper. But Tiafoe is the real deal.”
Tsitsipas recorded his fourth consecutive win over Evans. The Greek is one of six players to have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin later this month along with Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud and Daniil Medvedev.
Wimbledon semi-finalist Norrie faces French qualifier Corentin Moutet on Wednesday night.