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Murray tumbles out to Janowicz
Andy Murray wasted match point as he was dumped out in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open by towering Pole Jerzy Janowicz.
The Scot surrendered control of a match he was on the brink of winning in straight sets before being blown away in the decider by his 21-year-old 6ft 7in opponent. The US Open champion served for the match at 5-4 in the second, but he was broken for the first time in the match and Janowicz, a qualifier, went on to win the set on a tie-break.
And the third seed was made to pay for his loss of composure as he fell two breaks down in the third, Janowicz taking the biggest scalp of his career with a 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 win in two hours 25 minutes.
The Scot's victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu on Wednesday night was his first match since citing a back problem as the reason for pulling out on the eve of last week's event in Basle and the workout he got on Thursday was too tough to cope with.
Murray will need to pick himself up in time for next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, but Janowicz's joy at the end of the match was clear for all to see. Janowicz fired down 22 aces, but Murray admitted he let his performance level slip when he served for the match.
"I didn't play a particularly good game and missed a couple of shots that I would have hoped to have made," Murray said on the ATP website. "He probably gained some confidence from that and started playing better. He played a good tie-break, played aggressive."
And the Scot acknowledged he can not afford to let opponents back into matches in London next week. "I have to make sure I tighten that up next week, if I get that opportunity in the matches," he added. "Make sure I don't let it happen at The O2."
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic also advanced to the quarter-finals and booked their places in next week's ATP World Tour Finals in the process. Sixth-seed Tsonga was a 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3) winner over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, while Tipsarevic upset ninth seed Juan Monaco 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Tsonga's next opponent in Paris will be fourth seed David Ferrer, who overcame a spirited performance from Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2 4-6 6-2 in just over two hours. Tomas Berdych fought back from a nightmare first set to see off the challenge of South Africa's Kevin Anderson 1-6 6-3 6-4.
Juan Martin Del Potro suffered a surprise defeat, however. The Argentinian, who beat Roger Federer to lift the title in Basle last weekend, fell to a 6-4 6-3 loss to Frenchman Michael Llodra. Sam Querrey fared better in this third-round contest, beating Canada's Milos Raonic 6-3 7-6 (7/1).