Polish qualifier Janowicz stuns Murray in Paris
PARIS (AP) - Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz saved one match point on his way to a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset over third-seeded Andy Murray in the third round of the Paris Masters on Thursday.
Murray, the reigning Olympic and U.S. Open champion, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but completely lost his composure and the ensuing tiebreaker as the 69th-ranked Janowicz evened the match.
"I needed to focus well on my serve. I did that for the most part, and then when I served for the match I didn't play a particularly good game,'' Murray said. "He probably gained some confidence from that and played a good tiebreak, played aggressive. He hits a very flat ball, so when he's hitting it well it comes through the court a lot.''
Murray's loss came one day after second-seeded Novak Djokovic exited with a second-round loss to big-serving American Sam Querrey.
It was also the third straight match Murray has failed to convert match points. He squandered two against Milos Raonic in the Japan Open semifinals and five against Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final.
"I have to make sure I tighten that up next week (at the World Tour Finals in London) if I get that opportunity,'' Murray said. "Make sure I don't let it happen at the 02 (Arena).''
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not playing in the tournament, none of the Big Four are left. Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych reached the last eight earlier Wednesday, while fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain was scheduled to play later.
Janowicz had the momentum after controlling the tiebreaker and broke Murray twice in the deciding set as he raced to a 5-1 lead. Serving for the match, the 21-year-old saved three break points and secured the win on his second match point with a forehand winner. He then slumped to the ground and broke down in tears as he held his head in his hands.
"He's maybe a little bit more unpredictable than a few of them from the back of the court,'' Murray said. "He tried a lot of drop shots and went for winners when he was out of position that maybe some of the others don't.''
It was only his second match against a top-10 player. The first was against Murray in the 2009 Davis Cup.
Murray broke in the 11th game to get the chance to serve for the first set, but had so save a break point with a crosscourt forehand winner before clinching it when Janowicz's forehand bounced out. He broke in the seventh game of the second set with a forehand return winner, and looked as though he was coasting to victory.
Murray started to get flustered and his temper got the better of him as he smacked his hand against his forehead and then muttered to himself after Janowicz saved a match point. Two unforced backhand errors from Murray then helped Janowicz break for 5-5.
"I missed groundstrokes. I need to make sure I'm a little bit sharper when I'm in those positions than I have been the last few weeks,'' Murray said.
Janowicz clinched the tiebreaker when he returned Murray's weak second serve with an exquisite drop shot that Murray patted into the net.
Earlier, Berdych recovered from a poor first set to beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Czech was overpowered by Anderson's serve and strong defense in the first set, where Anderson hit six aces and broke Berdych twice, while saving all three break points he faced.
"The way that Kevin started was incredible. I had no chance, everything went on his side,'' Berdych said. "There were not many chances for me but I still had the hope and belief I could make it.''
Berdych recovered and broke Anderson in the eighth game of the second set, and again in the seventh game of the decider before clinching the match with a backhand volley at the net.
He next plays Gilles Simon of France, who advanced without hitting a ball after 15th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan pulled out because of a recurrence of his right ankle injury.
With so many big names out of the way, Berdych is in a strong position to add to his 2005 title at the Bercy arena.
"It's a really new role to be (a favorite) in the tournament,'' Berdych said. "I can't forget my next opponent, playing the French at home is always tough.''
Later Thursday, Ferrer was playing No. 16 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France was up against No. 11 Nicolas Almagro of Spain.
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