Andy Murray produced three double-faults in the final game – one on match point – to hand over a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 opening win to retiring Frenchman Gilles Simon in a disaster start for the Scot at the Paris Masters on Monday.

Murray served for a straight-sets win leading a set and 5-3 against a rival he had beaten in 16 of 18 previous matches.

But after throwing away his winning chance, the 35-year-old’s game was never the same.

He had 31 winners and 52 unforced errors in a horror-show performance on Halloween

Interruptions and constant catcalls from Parisian fans of the 37-year-old Simon – who will retire this week when his indoor run is over – did not help the Murray mood.

The former No. 1 didn’t bother to shake hands with chair umpire Fergus Murphy, to whom he complained repeatedly about spectator behavior.

“It was a crazy match,” Simon said. “I was behind the whole match… 

“At 3-4 in the second set I felt a lot of emotions coming. It was difficult to play my service game at that moment and he broke me. 

“He got tight at 5-3 and this time I managed to push, hold my serve and break him again. I tried to push on every game.

“It was really difficult physically, but it was difficult physically on his side. But I thought ‘Come on, I have a chance to beat him.’ It is not like I have the best record against Andy. 

“I really wanted to win this one and I was really happy I was able to do it.”

Murray walked off after nearly three hours with eight double-faults, losing his serve six times.

In the first set, he took a 3-0  but was knocked back by Simon with the constant coval help of his home French crowd. as he played here for the 18th and final time.

The 48th-ranked Murray lost his break and had to re-break in the final game to secure the opening set.

But the Scot’s resources seemed to fade in the second set with a pair of service breaks in the third and fourth games bringing the set back level.

Murray was broken while serving for victory at 5-3, with Simon running off 10 straight points as he reached 6-5 with a second break of the three-time Grand Slam winner.

Simon finished off the set to bring on a deciding third to the delight of his partisan fans.

Main photo:- Andy Murray loses first round match – by Chrylsene Caillaud

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