Canadian Milos Raonic closed out his 2012 tennis season Thursday by dropping a 6-3, 7-6 (1) decision to American Sam Querrey at the Paris Masters.
The hard-serving No. 14 seed from Thornhill, Ont., had 10 aces on the day but the American countered with an even dozen, wrapping up the match in 71 minutes.
"I didn't create enough chances, didn't do enough with my shots," Raonic said.
Querrey was brimming with confidence after defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic a day earlier. The loss also ended Raonic's faint bid to reach next week's eight-man World Tour Finals season wrapup in London.
The players held serve until the second-set tiebreaker when Querrey jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Querrey then connected on a down-the-line forehand winner for five match points.
One was enough as Raonic stabbed a volley into the net. The 21-year-old Canadian admitted that he has been feeling under the weather with a virus.
"I'm sick at the moment, I don't have fever but I'm struggling with sinuses," he said.
Raonic has now lost twice this season to Querrey, who eliminated him from Wimbledon in the second round.
The Canadian won titles in Chennai and San Jose this season and finished the campaign with a 45-20 record. He also reached finals in Memphis and last month in Tokyo.
"After the final in Tokyo, I was optimistic, but then i struggled with my game a bit," he said. "It was a long year with a lot of stress and I didn't handle it all as well as I could have.
"This was my first full season and I needed to deal with it all a bit better. On court today I was half a step slow, and didn't play the way that I wanted."
Raonic has an exhibition in Toronto planned for the off-season, along with a training block in Barcelona before his 2013 start at the ATP event in Brisbane and the Kooyong exhibition in Melbourne before the Australian Open.
Andy Murray ousted in 3rd round
Jerzy Janowicz of Poland saved one match point on his way to a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset win against third-seeded Andy Murray in the third round.
Murray, the reigning Olympic and U.S. Open champion, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but totally lost his composure and the ensuing tiebreaker as the 69th-ranked Janowicz drew level.
Murray's loss came a day after second-seeded Novak Djokovic's second-round exit Querrey on Wednesday.
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not playing in the tournament, none of the so-called 'Big Four' are left. Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych reached the last eight earlier Wednesday, while fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain was playing later.
Janowicz had the momentum after controlling the tiebreaker and broke Murray twice in the deciding set as he raced to a 5-1 lead.
Serving for the match, the 21-year-old Janowicz saved three break points and secured the win on his second match point with a forehand winner. He then slumped to the ground and broke down in tears as he held his head in his hands.
Murray broke in the 11th game to get the chance to serve for the first set, but had so save a break point with a crosscourt forehand winner before clinching it when Janowicz's forehand bounced out.
Murray broke in the seventh game of the second set with a forehand return winner, and looked like he was coasting to victory.
Serving for the match, Murray started to get flustered and his temper got the better of him as he smacked his hand against his forehead and then muttered to himself after Janowicz saved a match point. Two unforced backhand errors from Murray then helped Janowicz break for 5-5.
Janowicz clinched the tiebreaker when he returned Murray's weak second serve with an exquisite drop shot that Murray patted into the net.
Earlier, Berdych recovered from a poor first set to beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.