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

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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