Former World No.1 Andy Murray was stunned by lucky loser Dominik Koepfer in the opening round of the ongoing ATP Bercy Masters in Paris. Despite having seven match points on his racquet, the Scot ended up on the losing side.
The German only entered the main draw, after Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic withdrew from the event in Paris. Not too long ago, it was Murray who won the first round match up against America’s Frances Tiafoe in Antwerp, despite being match points down.
Murray who has been showing signs of improving lately, was even given a wild card in Paris. Unfortunately, the 34-year-old couldn’t deliver the knockout punch when it mattered. Despite having two match points on Koepfer’s serve at 5-4 and a few more in the breaker, Murray couldn’t get the job done.
Without mincing his words, the three-time Grand Slam champion was brutally honest in assessing his performance against Koepfer. “The most disappointing thing to me was the way I played tonight,” Murray told the media.
The Brit further lamented on his failure to covert multiple break opportunities which would have seen him progress ahead into the tournament.
“I did really well to get back into the match and had a ton of opportunities to win it. However, I did not deserve to win the way I played tonight, it was not good enough,” Murray opined.
Stockholm final stop of 2021 for Andy Murray
The two-time Wimbledon winner who has been attempting to get back to competitive tennis on the tour this year has been making steady progress. Although he made only one quarterfinal appearance in Metz, the old mojo appeared to be coming back.
For the year, Murray has played 33 matches till now, out of which he has won 18 and lost 15. The World No.144 will next be seen at the Stockholm Open before the season draws to a close.
Vivek has been writing on cricket & tennis for over a decade. He has worked with famous brands-- Mid-Day, Mumbai Indians & Dream11. He has also been to Grand Slams, Davis Cups & ATP tournaments. He also plays tennis at the club level. Besides being a Rafael Nadal fan, he has also enjoyed the privilege of interviewing the Spaniard.
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