Pol­ish Janow­icz stuns Mur­ray in Paris

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Andy Mur­ray wasted a match point against a qual­i­fier ranked 69th and quickly lost his com­po­sure. Not ex­actly a recipe for vic­tory.

Jerzy Janow­icz of Poland ral­lied to stun the U.S Open and Olympic cham­pion 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Thurs­day in the third round of the Paris Masters.

A day af­ter sec­ond­seeded No­vak Djokovic lost to big-serv­ing Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey in the sec­ond round - his worst re­sult since March 2010 - the third-seeded Mur­ray lost to a player who opened the year tak­ing part in Fu­tures tour­na­ments and is still strug­gling to find spon­sor­ship back home.

''This was the most un­be­liev­able day in my life. I beat Olympic cham­pion, U.S. Open cham­pion. Un­be­liev­able feel- ing for me,'' Janow­icz said. ''Still, I have feel­ing like in few min­utes I'm go­ing to wake up and it's gonna be ev­ery­thing gone.

''I don't know ac­tu­ally what I sup­posed to say be­cause it's re­ally hard to de­scribe this feel­ing,'' added Janow­icz, who also beat Philipp Kohlschreiber and 13th-seeded Marin Cilic in the first and sec­ond rounds. ''It's not easy for me to talk about this week, be­cause I had re­ally tough mo­ments in my life. This is like re­ally, like a movie for


Mur­ray had not lost to a player ranked so low since Guillermo Gar­cia-Lopez - then ranked 92nd - beat him in the sec­ond round at the BNP Paribas Open in March.

Janow­icz said his par­ents, who were pro­fes­sional vol­ley­ball play­ers, sold shops and apart­ments they owned to help his ca­reer take off. ''I'm from Poland and I know it's not easy to be­come pro­fes­sional tennis player,'' Janow­icz said. ''Ac­tu­ally, I have prob­lem with spon­sors. I was fight­ing my whole life with money, so this week is re­ally im­por­tant for me to get some spon­sors, to get some help.'' Mur­ray served for the match at 5-4 in the sec­ond set, but to­tally lost his com­po­sure and the en­su­ing tiebreaker as Janow­icz evened the match. ''I needed to fo­cus well on my serve. I did that for the most part, and then when I served for the match I didn't play a par­tic­u­larly good game,'' Mur­ray said. '' He prob­a­bly gained some con­fi­dence from that and played a good tiebreak, played ag­gres­sive. He hits a very flat ball, so when he's hit­ting it well it comes through the court a lot.'' It was also the third straight match Mur­ray has failed to con­vert match points. He squan­dered two against Mi­los Raonic in the Ja­pan Open semi­fi­nals and five against Djokovic in the Shang­hai Masters fi­nal. '' I have to make sure I tighten that up next week (at the World Tour Fi­nals in Lon­don) if I get that op­por­tu­nity,'' Mur­ray said.

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