Mur­ray loses at Paris Masters

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Andy Mur­ray has had a spec­tac­u­lar 2012 so far, win­ning the Lon­don 2012 Olympics gold medal and the 2012 U.S. Open have been amaz­ing re­sults. How­ever, a strong fin­ish to the sea­son can be im­por­tant for mo­men­tum go­ing into the 2013 sea­son.

There­fore, the Paris Masters would have been an event that Mur­ray would have had high hopes go­ing into. How­ever, he is now out of the tour­na­ment af­ter a three-set loss to Poland's Jerzy Janow­icz. The de­feat was even harder to take be­cause he had a match point op­por­tu­nity to the win the match in straight sets.

The Bri­tish player will be dis­ap­pointed to be elim­i­nated from the event at this stage when he could have, ar­guably, won him­self an­other ti­tle for the year. Mur­ray now has one last op­por­tu­nity to fin­ish the sea­son strongly as the World Tour Fi­nals takes place in Lon­don next week.

The tim­ing of this event is, per­haps, the one sil­ver lin­ing to this un­for­tu­nate de­feat. The World Tour Fi­nals is an op­por­tu­nity for the best play­ers in the world to bat­tle it out for supremacy. No­vak Djokovic knows that he will fin­ish as the world's best player ir­re­spec­tive of events in Lon­don.

How­ever, I think mo­men­tum is a very pow­er­ful thing in elite sport. The win­ner of this sea­so­nend­ing tour­na­ment has to have a big ad­van­tage go­ing into the 2013 sea­son. There­fore, the Brit will be look­ing to win to prove that 2012 be­longs to him. The fi­nal event of the ten­nis cal­en­dar prom­ises to be a fan­tas­tic dis­play of elite ten­nis. It would be fool­ish to think that it won't be a bat­tle be­tween Fed­erer, Djokovic and Mur­ray. It is a shame for the game in gen­eral that Rafael Nadal will con­tinue to be ab­sent.

Of course, the 2013 sea­son will be­gin in Jan­uary and will be a warm-up to­wards the 2013 Aus­tralian Open. I think it's fair to as­sume that those who per­form well in Lon­don will be in the mix in Aus­tralia. It is very true to say that, a ten­nis player is only as good as the last match they played. James Kent has been a mas­sive ten­nis fan for a num­ber of years; he has at­tended events in the UK and USA, fol­low him on Twit­ter and Face­book.

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