Andy Murray is expelled from the Paris Masters after missing SEVEN match points against German Dominik Koepfer
- Andy Murray lost 6-4 5-7 7-6 to German Dominik Koepfer in the first round in Paris
- Scotsman lost the tiebreak 11-9 after wasting seven match points against Koepfer
- Murray had saved a match point himself in the second set to force a decider.
- The two-time Wimbledon champion admitted he didn’t play well enough
Andy Murray suffered the rare ignominy of missing seven match points on Monday night as he left the Paris Masters indoors.
The double Wimbledon champion had repeated chances to knock out German Dominik Koepfer, but ultimately lost 6-4 5-7 7-6, losing 11-9 in an eighteen-minute sudden death tiebreaker.
Five of the match points came on the breaker, who was continually on the cusp of winning, with his world’s 58th opponent also seemingly reluctant to cross the finish line.
Andy Murray squandered seven match points losing to German Dominik Koepfer
The two-time Wimbledon champion withdrew from the Paris Masters in the first round
Koepfer, a late draw replacement as a lucky qualifying underdog, finally crashed at home, having initially choked heavily when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
The handful of recent encouraging victories for the 34-year-old Scotsman will have been quickly forgotten as, once again this year, his composure left him at the most important points, a recurring theme.
After losing the most match points he has achieved in his career in the top flight, Murray acknowledged that he had not played well enough.
Murray admitted that he hadn’t played well enough as composure slipped out of him in key stages.
Koepfer missed a match point but recovered to win 6-4 5-7 7-6, taking the tiebreaker 11-9.
“He didn’t deserve to win the game,” he said.
“I didn’t play well enough to win and that’s the most disappointing overall.”
Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie beat Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 in the first round in Paris to keep alive his hopes of qualifying for this month’s ATP Tour Finals.