Paris, France (Sports Network) - U.S. Open champion Andy Murray and
previously surging Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro were third-round upset
victims Thursday at the $3.15 million BNP Paribas Masters, the final
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year.
The third-seeded Murray lost a match point before succumbing to 6-foot-8 Pole
Jerzy Janowicz 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at Bercy's Palais Omnisports. The
impressive qualifier Janowicz launched 22 aces past Murray, who fell in 2
hours, 25 minutes on Day 4.
The Olympic gold medalist and Wimbledon runner-up Murray suffered a loss for a
third time in the last month after holding a match point.
Meanwhile, wild card and veteran French crowd favorite Michael Llodra upended
the seventh-seeded del Potro 6-4, 6-3 in only 69 minutes. A weary del Potro
was fresh off his back-to-back titles in Vienna and Basel. He stunned Roger
Federer in the final at the Swiss Indoors event in Federer's native Basel.
Del Potro, like Murray, will be part of next week's elite eight-player field
at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Fifth-seeded Czech slugger Tomas Berdych avoided an upset by coming from
behind to beat tall South African Kevin Anderson, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Anderson
unleashed 15 aces in a losing effort.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych was the Paris Masters champ back in
Also, Frenchman Gilles Simon reached the quarterfinals via walkover when
15th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori pulled out of the event due to an ankle
injury. Simon should have his hands full with Berdych on Friday.
The newest Paris Masters champ will pocket $620,000.
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