Paris Masters: Andy Murray goes down in deciding set against Jerzy Janowicz

Last Updated: 01/11/12 8:03pm

  • Share:
Andy Murray: British number one made early exit from Paris Masters

Andy Murray: British number one made early exit from Paris Masters

Sky Bet

US Open champion Andy Murray was beaten in three sets by Jerzy Janowicz in the third round of the Paris Masters.

Murray took the opening set 7-5 and missed a match point in the second before Janowicz won it in a tie-break to force a decider.

And the Pole raced through the third set 6-2 against a fast-fading Murray, who will now get an unexpected few days of rest ahead of next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.

World No.69 Janowicz reached the last 16 of a Masters event for the first time with impressive wins over Philipp Kohlschreiber and Marin Cilic earlier in the week and looked unfazed as he held his opening five service games against Murray without facing a break point.

But, just as he did against Paul-Henri Mathieu the previous day, Murray claimed a timely break in the 11th game - gifted by Janowicz's first double fault - and served out the set 7-5.

Murray's first serve percentage dipped in the second set but with Janowicz failing to make an impression against serve, the Scot was able to hold with relative ease.

Pressure began to build on Janowicz, though, and Murray appeared to land a hammer blow in the seventh game of the second set when a stunning forehand winner down the line gave him a break.

The Pole cut a dejected figure at that point but the world No.3, serving for the match at 30-0, handed the initiative back to Janowicz with a lacklustre end to the game, which saw him broken for the first time.

With the momentum behind him, Janowicz won the tie-breaker 7-4 and from that point Murray went into meltdown, losing his serve twice in an error-strewn deciding set.

  • Share:

Related

ATP Paris 2012

David Ferrer: Finally won a Masters Series event at the fourth time of asking

'Ultimate' win for Ferrer

David Ferrer said victory in his first Masters event was the 'ultimate' reward for his best season on tour.

David Ferrer: Won his seventh title of the year in Paris

Ferrer denies Janowicz

David Ferrer will go to London next week on the crest of a wave after beating Jerzy Janowicz in the Paris Masters.

David Ferrer: Overcame a stiff challenge from Michael Llodra in Paris

Ferrer books Paris final spot

David Ferrer overcame a courageous effort from Michael Llodra to book his place in the final of the BNP Masters.

Most Popular

Features

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So long is a week in the sporting world, one can rise to fame while another can fall from grace.

Sit-down with Rafa

Sit-down with Rafa

Sign in to hear Rafael Nadal discuss his 2015 hopes, recent injury set-backs and the ATP Tour Finals.

Fed at his finest

Fed at his finest

Barry Cowan explains how Shanghai master Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his stellar career.