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  • Murray vows to end match-point curse

    11/2/12 8:22 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Murray vows to end match-point curse Andy Murray has vowed to cure the match point curse which has tainted his post-US Open title run, with the Scot suffering another collapse as he exited in the third round of the Paris Masters.

    His defeat left the event without any of the ATP "big four" players and will mean that the indoor title will be won for the first time in two years at the Masters 1000 level by someone other than an elite.

    Murray was already back in London hours after his loss with work to do on court after missing on a match point as he served for victory against towering Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz, eventually going out in three disheartening sets.

    It was the third time in a month that a Murray match-point situation has gone wrong. "I don't know exactly what the reason was. I have to make sure I tighten that up next week if I get that opportunity in the matches. I need to make sure I don't let it happen at the O2 (ATP year-end final)"

    All the pressure will be on the Scot when the World Tour Finals begin on Monday as he challenges Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with Rafael Nadal sitting out the tournament due to his knee injury from the summer.

    With Djokovic also exiting Paris early and Federer not playing, Murray said that all will come to London in differing frames of mind and fitness.

    "Only time will tell really," said Murray of the possibilities. "A lot of the players will have had slightly different run-ins to the O2. Obviously me and Novak lost early this week; Roger didn't play, and then I think the rest of the guys are still in here.

    "Maybe the guys that go deep here (Paris), they'll have confidence from having a good tournament but may, arrive a little bit later (in London) and might take a while to get used to the conditions.

    "We don't know, I'll have to wait and see. I'll definitely need to play a bit better than I did this week if I want to get some wins there."

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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