Paris Masters: Andy Murray blows seven match points

Andy Murray squandered seven match points during his first round defeat to Dominik Koepfer at Paris Masters

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Andy Murray squandered seven match points during his first round defeat at Paris Masters

Andy Murray blew seven match points during his 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (9) defeat to lucky loser Dominik Koepfer in the first round of Paris Masters on Monday.

Murray served nine double faults and landed only 49% of his first serves. He also made 36 unforced errors.

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“I didn’t deserve to win the match. I didn’t play well enough to win,” Murray said.

“I had a ton of opportunities at the end to do it, but the way that I was playing tonight was not good enough.”

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Ranked 144th in the world, Murray received a wild card in his stuttery quest to come back from hip surgery and improve his ranking and get easier draws next season.

His singles win-loss record is 13-13 this year.

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The two-time Olympic champion got off to a poor start and dropped the opening set with a shanked forehand return.

Koepfer led 6-4, 5-3 but Murray raised his game and won four straight games to level the set score.

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In the decider, Koepfer saved two match points at 5-4 with a smash and a backhand winner before saving five more in the tiebreaker. They went for three hours.

Fellow Briton Cameron Norrie, who eased past Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-2, 6-1, remains in contention for the ATP Finals.

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