‘I did not deserve to win,’ says Andy Murray after spurning seven match points in Paris
Andy Murray conceded that he ‘did not deserve’ to win his opening round encounter against Dominik Koepfer at the Paris Masters on Monday.
After finding himself a set and a break down, the former world number one recovered impressively to set up a total of seven match points in the decider before falling to the German 6-4 5-7 7-6(9).
Murray, currently ranked world number 144, had been handed a wildcard for the event though failed to capitalise on a number of chances as he suffered another setback in his bid to return to the Top 100.
Following the contest, the British star was left frustrated with his own performance, admitting: “The thing I’m most disappointed with, was the way that I played tonight, to be honest.
“I did really well to get myself in the position to win the match, but I don’t think I deserved to win.
“Obviously I had a ton of opportunities at the end to do it, but the way that I was playing tonight was not good enough.
Despite the harsh assessment of his own performance, the three-time Grand Slam champion did suggest that his late change of opponent from the American qualifier Jenson Brooksby to Koepfer threw the Brit off his game.
He added: “I found out [about the switch in opponent] post-practice, so that potentially could explain the slow start. But then, once I was into the match, I just made mistake after mistake.”
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