‘I didn’t need to win,’ says Murray after Paris defeat


Former world primary Andy Murray didn’t convert seven match factors however mentioned he didn’t “deserve to win the match as I did not play well enough” after dropping a 3 hour thriller  to fortunate loser Dominik Koepfer of Germany within the Paris Masters first spherical on Monday.

Murray, ranked 144, had been given a wild card however whereas the 34-year-old lacked killer intuition, he did present steely willpower to battle again from a set and a break right down to take the match to a 3rd set earlier than Koepfer gained 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (11/9).

Koepfer — a late substitute when American qualifier Jenson Brooksby withdrew with belly pains hours earlier than the match — had served for the match within the second set.

However, Murray, roared on by the gang, roused himself and broke his 55th-ranked opponent earlier than happening to take the set.

The third set was a cracking duel with Murray saving three break factors at 0-40 at 3-3.

Murray, although, couldn’t fairly full a outstanding comeback as he let so many match factors slip — two when Koepfer served to remain within the match at 4-5 after which 5 extra within the epic tie-breaker.

It was Koepfer, although, who confirmed methods to take possibilities after they come alongside as he transformed his first match level.

Murray gave a brutal evaluation of his efficiency.

“The thing I’m most disappointed with, was the way that I played tonight, to be honest,” mentioned Murray, who will play the Stockholm occasion earlier than bringing the curtain down on his season.

“I did very well to get myself within the place to win the match, however I do not assume I deserved to win.

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

Earlier Cameron Norrie, who occupies a job Murray as soon as did in his pomp as British primary, celebrated his 100th ATP tour match win, outclassing Argentinian Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1.

The 26-year-old British primary has risen to 13th within the rankings having begun the yr 71st on the earth.

The South Africa-born left hander’s finest second got here when he gained the celebrated Indian Wells title final month.

Norrie was blissfully unaware of getting secured a landmark win.

“I didn’t know about it,” he mentioned. “Yeah, it’s obviously a great milestone.”

Norrie mentioned he was enthusiastic about nonetheless being a contender for the end-of-season ATP finals in Turin, Italy, from November 14-21 for the highest eight within the Race to Turin rankings.

Six locations are already secured however two spots stay.

“It is always a goal to be in the mix for something like that,” mentioned Norrie, who may seal his place in Turin by lifting the Paris trophy.

“I’ve performed some superb tennis and in huge matches and also you need to be enjoying with that further strain.

“I could not be more proud of myself to be in contention. We shall see if it becomes reality.”

Norrie is in world primary Novak Djokovic’s half of the draw however the Serbian shall be cautious in the event that they meet within the quarter-finals.

Djokovic is enjoying for the primary time since Daniil Medvedev dashed his goals of a Grand Slam sweep within the US Open closing in September and he warned on Sunday that lack of match play is his main fear.

The 34-year-old maybe additionally with one eye on the Davis Cup finals is enjoying the doubles as properly in Paris.

He and Krajinovic beat Australian pair Alex de Minaur and Luke Saville in a brilliant tie-break 4-6, 6-4, 10/7 to progress to the second spherical.

He took to the court docket realizing who his second spherical singles opponent could be — Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.

It shall be a rematch of their Wimbledon quarter-final earlier this yr which Djokovic breezed via in straight units.

Fucsovics secured his place within the second spherical prevailing in a marathon three setter with Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5).

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