Tennis: Andy Murray made a surprise exit from the Paris Masters today, losing to world number 69 Jerzy Janowicz in the third round.
Reigning Olympic and US Open champion Murray won the first set, but crashed 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to his Polish opponent, who saved a match point in the second set on his way to an emotional victory.
Murray now heads straight to London for next week’s ATP World Tour Finals, as does Novak Djokovic, who also exited early in France.
Asked how the defeat would affect his preparations for the event in North Greenwich, Murray replied: “Only time will tell really. A lot of the players will have had slightly different run-ins to the O2.
“Obviously me and Novak lost early this week. Roger (Federer) didn’t play, and then I think the rest of the guys are still in here.
“You never know, maybe the guys that go deep here they’ll have confidence from having a good tournament. But they may arrive a little bit later and might take a while to get used to the conditions.”
Janowicz collapsed in a tearful heap upon victory, saying that he was experiencing a “thousand different feelings” after the win which ensured that Murray’s mediocre record in Paris continues.
The Scot has never been further than the quarter-finals in the competition. “I could never have expected something like this,” Janowicz said.
“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say after this match. This is amazing.”
He added: “Since the beginning of the year I’ve had so many changes in my life ... now I am playing my best tennis in my whole life and hope I am not finished.”
The pair had only met once before, in the Davis Cup three years ago when the Scot prevailed comfortably in straight sets.
Janowicz moved around the court surprisingly well for his 6'8" frame, with Murray admitting that some of his opponent’s shot selections took him by surprise.
“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.”