Andy Murray has missed the chance to push his 2015 earnings over the $4m mark after the Scot lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.
Murray faced the unenviable task of ending a run of seven straight losses to Djokovic, and put in a decent showing, losing 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1.
Djokovic's reward for winning is sweet - a place in the final guaranteeing the Serbian at least €900,000 (£659,126) in prize money.
Murray himself has enjoyed a lucrative first half of 2015 having won two titles and 31 matches, earning a cool $3.1m (£2m) along the way. Never before has he picked up prize money at such a pace.
The world number three is the second-fastest earner on the ATP tour this year, with over $1m more in the bank than third-placed Tomas Berdych.
A French Open win would have stood Murray in good stead to enjoy the most financially successful year of his career to date - adding a further $2m to his pay packet for the year. Now he will have to rely on a good run at Wimbledon.
If Murray's form leading into the match had been impressive, Djokovic's was imperious. The Serb arrived at Roland Garros with $5.99m in the bank thanks to 35 wins and five titles at the cost of just two losses.
The tour's highest earner has now beaten Murray four times this season and dispatched clay-court king Rafael Nadal in straight sets in Wednesday's quarter-final.
Djokovic, the second-highest earner in ATP history behind Roger Federer, will see his career earnings transcend the $80m mark if he can go onto inherit Nadal's crown.