• Murray closing in on Paris quarterfinals

    10/31/12 9:44 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Murray closing in on Paris quarterfinals Third seed Andy Murray looks to secure a spot among the final eight in Paris, as he takes the court against qualifier Jerzy Janowicz. The Scot is joined by fellow seed Janko Tipsarevic, who meets 9th seed Juan Monaco.

    (3) Andy Murray vs. (Q) Jerzy Janowicz

    World No. 3 Andy Murray leads World No. 69 Jerzy Janowicz 1-0 in the series after winning a Davis Cup match in 2009.

    Murray passed into the round of 16 by virtue of his straight-set upending of French wildcard Paul-Henri Mathieu. The 25-year-old Scot will be looking to reach his fifth quarterfinal at the Masters 1000 Paris Thursday afternoon.

    Janowicz advanced to the third round after ousting 13th seed Marin Cilic in straight sets. The 21-year-old qualifier is seeking his second tour-level quarterfinal of the season.

    (8) Janko Tipsarevic vs. (9) Juan Monaco

    World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic looks to break a 1-1 series tie with 9th seed Juan Monaco on Thursday. The players last met earlier this season in Stuttgart, where the Serbian defeated the Argentine for the championship title.

    Tipsarevic is through to the round of 16 following his straight-sets win over Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling. The 28-year-old will attempt to reach his first Masters 100 Paris quarterfinal on Thursday.

    Monaco made the third round after dismissing Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. The 28-year-old Argentine remains on course to win his 40th match of the season.

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this janowicz has a great serve and aggressive return. even challenging murray with drop shots initially. whazzup deuce?

croc , 11/1/12 2:29 PM

Jaowicz breaks for the first time at 4-5 in the second

RickyDimon , 11/1/12 3:50 PM

And once again Andy let a match point go past. And now he has to play a third set :-(

ed251137 , 11/1/12 4:01 PM

set Janowicz after being down MP on Muzz's own serve

RickyDimon , 11/1/12 4:04 PM

If this is the don't-do-more-than-you-have-to muzz approach, then that's what I have against it. It ends up taking more out of muzz, not less, as matches are stretched out to 3 sets. Haven't been watching this one, but it also tends to result in muzz hanging around way behind the baseline and having to run about all around the back court, adding further to the tire-out effect. If muzz is serious about being semi fresh for London he can't let guys like this take him to 3 long sets:-(

alex , 11/1/12 4:13 PM

Alex: This is altogether too tense for my liking. Presumably Deuce has gone behind the sofa.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 4:18 PM

Alex: doesn't look like a long third set... andy will be well rested for london

croc , 11/1/12 4:27 PM

I'm not watching the game, but Janowics is serving for the match with 2 breaks up. First Djokovic, now Andy. No coincidence here, as soon as they saw the match was complicated they decided to drop it and rest for London.

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 4:29 PM

I'm not even behind sofa, ed, but following score. Presumably muzz, like the rest of the top guys, not too bothered and caring more about london. Very silly, if that's the case, as there were relatively easy big points available this week ... lendless muzz on walkabouts? Only surmising ...

alex , 11/1/12 4:29 PM

let's see if janowicz has nerves to serve it out. biggest moment of his career the now

croc , 11/1/12 4:30 PM

For those who are watching, what happened here ? Andy drop it or Janowics played out of his mind tennis ?

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 4:33 PM

the guy was crying for joy after the match point. sorry murray fans, but this was fun

croc , 11/1/12 4:36 PM

all those drop shots against murray. who would have thought that works... bring it on.

croc , 11/1/12 4:38 PM

Really cross with Andy for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory for the third time in a row. Well these things go in 3s so this new "habit" must stop right here Mr M!
However, thought JJ was terrific, moves very, very well for a tall guy, v. nice touch and gr8 never-say-die attitude. Just a shame he was doing all that against Andy.....
Have never seen him play b4 but I think he's the best of the "younger" players. Definitely top 10, also slam winner?
Lucky, what do you think?

deuce , 11/1/12 4:42 PM

Emiliano55: Janowics played out of his mind. And has a battery of shots in his armoury as well as that fearsome serve. I dont believe Andy let it go but for whatever reason he was not on top of his game - Jerzy simply outplayed him. If he is on a trajectory he is going to give a lot of players food for thought.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 4:48 PM

Wooooow.... no top 4 in Paris... We are living in interesting time... and if this isn't STRONG ERA I don't know what is!
Condolences to all great Andy fans :(

zare , 11/1/12 4:48 PM

lol..some murray fans r saying he tanked could someone tanks while serving for the match!!

Just the reason for consoling himself ...and mathematically possible YE#2 ends here also the possible seed 2 at AO.

mani4Tennis , 11/1/12 4:55 PM

tank job, however "how could someone tank while serving for the match!!". a bit of a mystery.

rfzr , 11/1/12 5:10 PM

Yes deuce, I agree he's future top ten material. He's more impressive than Raonic IMO. It's good to see a tall player moving so well, with powerful serve and forehand and at the same time with deft touches at the net. And oh so important, having the belief in his own game, not cowed when facing a top four guy; maybe he's the new brand of an all round player going forward. What's with tennis these days, attracting all the very tall guys! And what's with the top four these days, losing to the big serving guys - Rafa/Rosol; Fed/Berdych; Fed/Delpo; Nole/Querrey; Nole/Isner; Murray/Raonic and now Murray/Janowicz.

Murray had his chances to win when he had match points; too bad for him, he played some loose points and allowed Janowicz back into the match and ended up playing the price for it.

luckystar , 11/1/12 5:12 PM

zare, Cheers. Disappointed, but not gutted, and not exactly gobsmacked either.....;)
Hoping for a good show at the O2 now. Yay!

deuce , 11/1/12 5:13 PM

Thanks for that lucky. Exactly what I think about JJ too.
To beat these big servers you've got to be right on top of your game all the time. Requires terrific concentration and energy and with WTF round the corner I'm not sure that Andy or Nole would've thought it worth it. If Berdych/ Ferrer go deep, wonder how they'll do in London?

deuce , 11/1/12 5:20 PM

It matters a lot to Nos.1-4 but I think just making it to the WTF is what counts most with Nos.5-8. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: they would rather have a Masters if is on the horizon and take their chance when they get to London.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 5:27 PM

ed that's a very good point.
Of course I left Delpotro out of the mix...can't think why.....;)
Hope Ferrer or Simon win now, well I can hope....

deuce , 11/1/12 5:33 PM

good win for Janowicz

tennis2011 , 11/1/12 5:57 PM

I don't think players like Delpo, Berdych and Tsonga are thinking they're there at the WTF to make up the numbers. I think they do believe they have chances of winning the title there. The three of them have beaten the top four guys, and two of them have being to the WTF final and the remaining one to a SF. They have their big serves and big forehands to help them and on their good days, are capable of beating the top four guys.

PS. Ferrer had also reached a WTF final but that was in 2007, he's the one that I think most unlikely to win the WTF title.

luckystar , 11/1/12 6:10 PM

Wjhoa, Delpo out too.... eyes on Ferrer now.

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 6:15 PM

Uh, didn't see this coming for Andy :((. Commiserations to his fans. But maybe it's for the best. The scheduling is so ridiculous that you can't really blame the top dogs for saving the best for last. We'll see them healthy, well rested and motivated in London.

danica , 11/1/12 6:32 PM

I just came on here to read about what happened with Murray. The bottom line is that this will give him more time to prepare for London. Even Delpo is gone, too! Wow!

Commiserations to Andy's fans, but he will now have a bit of a rest and be ready for London. You know he wants to do well there!

Nativenewyorker , 11/1/12 7:58 PM

Tsonga and Berdych are the faves, not Ferrer

RickyDimon , 11/1/12 8:17 PM

I never said Ferrer was the fav. I just said "eyes on Ferrer now"... because he has never won a well deserved M1000 and he has the chance now.

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 8:27 PM

I think Murray started to unravel when the crowd started booing and whistling at him for losing his temper over failing to convert match points. He also seemed to more or less throw the third set.
I really enjoyed Janowicz?s game. Lots of variety as well as power, and quite a bit of strategic intelligence (hope he doesn?t overuse the ds). He reminds me in looks of Safin, and because of that as well as his game he may have the potential to attract a big fan base.

jmk , 11/1/12 8:58 PM

Lucky: I didn't mean to denigrate the last four to qualify. Of course all eight are in with a chance but, with Federer, Djokovic, Delpo and Andy with their feet up for the rest of the week, the remaining four surely will be at a disadvantage should they all get to the SFs and two of them then play the final on the eve of the WTF. Am I right in thinking that Tsonga and Tispsy are now confirmed for the final two places?

The RR format is particularly punishing and it's always been notoriously difficult to predict the final outcome because of the crowded schedule leading up to it. In previous years, even with the break between Paris and London, the guys who made it to the WTF were frequently exhausted - mentally and/or physically - so I doubt anybody is surprised that abolishing the gap has produced withdrawals and early exits.

More than usual it's going to be a case of Who is The Fittest. I recall a match between Verdasco and del Potro in 2009 that went on to past midnight. The two of them were so exhausted they were literally staggering around the court barely able to put one foot in front of the other. That was the year too when Davydenko was the surprise winner - having beaten Fed for the first time in 12 attempts to get to the final - and when the organisers took twenty minutes to calculate that Delpo, not Murray, would be the other finalist.

ed251137 , 11/1/12 9:10 PM

ed, the Delpo-Murray episode was in the RR. Delpo played against Soderling in the semis in a terrible match that left him exhausted and eventually lost against Davy.

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 9:36 PM

And btw, I recall the organizers, media and well informed fans knew what was needed to happen in the Delpo-Federer match in order for Delpo to advance. I remmeber I started laughing after the match since I knew what was the result that Delpo needed and eventually it was the result that happened. Like if Roger and Delpo would have talked before the match, lol.

It was Andy that didn't get the rules right and start asking via Twitter how he was out of the RR.

Emiliano55 , 11/1/12 9:40 PM

well all eyes are not on Ferrer. He's playing on an indoor hard court in France.

People are paying attention now to Simon, Llodra, Tsonga (the Frenchmen) and Janowicz (the story of the week).

RickyDimon , 11/2/12 1:37 AM

I have to agree with Ricky about Tsonga and Berdy being the favorites here, as much as I would personally like to see Ferrer win a Masters. Indoor hard courts are not Ferrer's strong suit. These courts are far more favorable to guys like Tsonga and Berdy.

With the two top players out, someone has a chance to capitalize and win this tournament.

Nativenewyorker , 11/2/12 4:05 AM

Perhaps the Paris Masters is the only Masters that a non top four guy has the best chances of winning, frankly I like the idea. Last year, all the nine Masters were won by the top four guys; this year the first eight Masters were all won by the top three guys. This Paris Masters is the only one now where none of the top four guys makes the QF, and that leaves guys like Llodra, young upstarts like Janowicz, and the top 5-8 guys (they're still surviving in the draw!) all having chances to win a Masters.

I really hope for Llodra to win it here, for his S&V game suited the surface and he's playing at the top of his beautiful game now. No one else among the active players plays like Llodra (Feli is the closest we get but not exactly as beautiful a game) so enjoy his game while we can. Also, the French players do play well here, from Tsonga in 2008 and 2011, to Monfils from 2009/2010 and to Llodra 2010/2012 so even if they don't change the time slot for this Masters, I feel it's OK at least for the French players and the French spectators.

luckystar , 11/2/12 8:07 AM

I SO agree with you lucky.
And, if as I fear, we are seeing the march and the march of these giants with unreturnable serves, some of us will have to spend our twilight years nostalgically reminiscing about the "golden years" of Fed, Rafa, Andy and Nole. :(
ed, just laying down the wine and buying the DVDs in preparation.

deuce , 11/2/12 8:39 AM

Maybe there is a market for a Retirement Home for tennis fans where we could all swap tales about the good old days and watch endless re-runs of our favourite matches while getting steadily tiddly.

ed251137 , 11/2/12 9:09 AM

I hope this kid Janowich is going to make something out of this win over Murray...and I hope he could do better than Rosol did when he made that win over Rafa but pretty much disappeared afterwards...

I do miss the great old days with REAL is not that I do not wish the best for these big hitters but I somehow am not convinced they could ever win big titles simply because they so much rely on their serve...

Paris masters becomes real French National Party...boring...I hope they check Llodra for doping while he is there...he is pretty old guy but his energy levels at this tourney seem too high for a player who has done little in the past couple of months...just wondering, since French so called "experts" keep bringing up the topic, so why not implement it with their own kind...

Unfortunately, this is what we get with such tight and demanding guys opt to "leave early" and rest for WTF...I bet French are delighted about it...all they care is to see the Frenchman win the title...

I wish for Tipsarevic to win the whole thing...or Janowich, now that would be something...:)

natashao , 11/2/12 10:16 AM

I don't think the top guys opted 'to leave early'. How can you tank a match at match point? Anyway, if they all 'opt to leave early' what would b the point?

nadline , 11/2/12 10:53 AM

you might as well ask how does one ends up losing the match when he bageled the guy in the first set...means nothing...they just would not push too hard...that's what I mean by "opt to leave early"...I am not taking away anything from the opponents...they still had to play their best to be able to beat these animals...but, I see it this way: at this point if it comes easy for them then yeah, they will go for it...if they need to die for it, then no thanks...I just think both Nole and Andy have bigger things on their minds right now...and WTF does make a big thing...

Anyway, I could see Nole's loss coming only by reading the press here and not because I am psychic...:)

natashao , 11/2/12 11:08 AM

I just don't get how they would deny themselves the chance of actual match practice indoors leading up to the WTF then lose on purpose. Neither of them played Basel, so to me, it's obvious that their plan was to use Paris as a lead up to the WTF.

Rafa bagled Davydenko in Doha in the 1st set in 2010 and even served for the match in the 2nd set and ended up losing the match and that was in the final, so it happens. I don't think anyone would be stupid enough totank a match in the final.

Tennis is a funny game. With the score system, there is always a chance to come back.

nadline , 11/2/12 12:20 PM

@ ed
Perhaps Andy, Rafa and Nole could be persuaded to visit.........*faints*
Agree with nats on this one, the energy and concentration needed to beat the giants is enormous and with WTF round the corner and positions secured well, what would the point of knackering yourself for it? also, Andy got an injury in Paris last year, perhaps that was also at the back of his mind?
Plus, Mr Lendl is in London this weekend. Yay!

deuce , 11/2/12 1:32 PM

tennis indeed is a fantastic game...
juicy, didn't murray win more slams than M1000 tournaments this year. how about that... :)

croc , 11/2/12 1:47 PM

Murray I think was trying to win. Djokovic I think would have tried to win had it not been for the other things going on with him.

RickyDimon , 11/2/12 1:57 PM

Speaking of giants, at least one of them - Delpo - is doing quite well - he has defeated Fed again. The author of this article, Kelli DeMario, has called him 'The Pride and Joy of Tandil'.
I am wondering why she hasn't praised Delpo after his win over Fed last Sunday. ael-nadal-rejoices.html onfirms-return-in-bangkok.html

Augustina08 , 11/2/12 2:20 PM

I'm not sure how one could say they tanked... Paris is a 1000 event, so the money, and points, are big, especially since it is the last tune up before the end of the year... As much as they could practice in isolation, nothing beats experience in a match... Please stop taking away from the opponent, who tried his very best to put on a show and demonstrate his own abilities.

aegis , 11/2/12 3:00 PM

Two links in my post of 11/2/12 2:20 PM are too close to each other. I repeat the links: -rafael-nadal-rejoices.html angkok.html

I am sorry!

Augustina08 , 11/2/12 3:52 PM

You can by-pass the problem of long URLs by downloading (free) TinyURL which automatically shortens them for you and thus avoids the problem of spaces opening up whenever they are pasted into TT.

I have Ricky to thank for this tip.

ed251137 , 11/2/12 4:23 PM

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