Andy Murray is dumped out of the Paris Masters after letting SEVEN match points slip by against Germany’s world No 54 Dominik Koepfer
- Andy Murray lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer in Paris
- Scot lost tiebreak 11-9 after squandering seven match points against Koepfer
- Murray had saved a match point himself in the second set to force a decider
- Two-time Wimbledon champion admitted he did not played well enough
suffered the rare ignominy of missing seven match points on Monday night as went out of the indoor Paris Masters.
The doublechampion had repeated chances to put away ’s Dominik Koepfer but ultimately lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, going down 11-9 in an eighteen minute sudden death tiebreak.
Five of the match points came in the breaker, which he was continually on the cusp of winning, with his world No 58 opponent also seemingly reluctant to cross the finish line.
Andy Murray squandered seven match points as he lost to Germany’s Dominik Koepfer
The two-time Wimbledon champion bowed out of the Paris Masters in the first round
Koepfer, a late replacement in the draw as a lucky loser from qualifying, eventually squeezed home, having initially choked badly when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
The smattering of recent encouraging wins for the 34 year-old Scot will have been quickly forgotten as, once again this year, his composure deserted him on the biggest points, a recurring theme.
After missing the most match points he has done in his top flight career Murray acknowledged he had not played well enough.
Murray admitted he had not played well enough as composure eluded him at key stages
Koepfer missed a match point himself but rallied to win 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, taking the tiebreak 11-9
‘I didn’t deserve to win the match,’ he said.
‘I didn’t play well enough to win and that’s the most disappointing thing overall.’
Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie beat Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round in Paris to keep alive his hopes of qualifying for this month’s ATP Tour Finals.
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