Third seeded Andy Murray was upset by Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz in three sets, with the Pole winning 5-7 7-6 (4) 6-2 and advancing into the Paris Masters 2012 quarter-finals.
Janowicz proved to be more than a worthy opponent in today’s match. However, it was the 2012 US Open Champion who struck in the 11th game of the first set. After taking the Pole’s serve for a 6-5 lead, he consolidated the break for a one set lead.
Murray took his opponent’s serve for the second time in today’s encounter for a 4-3 lead in set two. But the Brit was unable to serve out the match, with Janowicz saving a match point on the way to levelling the score at 5-5 and eventually forcing a tiebreak. Despite Murray managing to claw back the first mini break to set the score of the ‘breaker’ at 2-2, the Pole raced to a 7-4 win, forcing a decider after one hor and 52 minutes of play.
The Pole carried the momentum into the beginning of the third set and took Murray’s serve in the third game to go 2-1 up. Janowicz’s ground strokes were literally unstoppable and his serve was inflicting some major damage on Murray’s game. After the Brit dropped his serve for the second time in the set to go 4-1 down, Janowicz kept his nerves and held his serve till the end to close out the match in great fashion. A superb victory for the world no.69, who booked a place in the last 8 of the tournament.
Janowicz will play the winner of the clash between Juan Monaco and Janko Tipsarevic next.