Murray beats Mathieu to advance in Paris, Raonic also wins

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Andy Murray advanced into the third round of Paris Masters 2012 as he beat French wild car holder Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5 6-3.

Not the best of Murray’s tennis performances this year, yet he did enough to eliminate 64th-ranked Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in two sets. Mathieu threatened the US open champion with a break point in his very first service game, but the athletes were still tied at 5-5. Murray than snatched a vital break and fended off a couple of re-break points to make it one nil in sets. British player shifted into a higher gear in the set number two as he broke the Frenchman twice to acquire a 4-1 lead. However, the second break was not confirmed and Mathieu started to see some light at the end of the tunnel when he produced a love hold to get close to Murray at 4-3. Nevertheless, Mathieu’s hopes faded away some minutes later as the favorite seized another one of his opponent’s service games for an easy enough two sets victory.

Next up for the 3rd seeded British player will be Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, who ousted no.13 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia in yesterday’s second round match, beating him 7-6 (6) 6-2.

Also through to the next round is 14th seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, who overcame a scare after battling back from a set down against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, eventually prevailing 6-7 (4) 7-6 (4) 6-3.

A single converted break point was the difference between young Canadian Raonic and Jeremy Chardy of France in their second round clash. There were no break point opportunities in neither first nor second set, so two tie-break lotteries were played. Each of the players took advantage of his first set point to make it one set a piece between them. In the decider the fourteenth seed Canadian got into trouble in the fifth game, but saved three breakpoints before wasting his first one in the follow-up game. He did not let go of his next chance though and broke the deadlock for a 5-3 lead. He served out the two hours twelve minutes long match with a hold to love, booking his ticket in the next round.

In round three, Raonic will meet American Sam Querrey, who upset second seeded Djokovic in three sets 0-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.

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