Andy Murray's 18-match winning run came to an end in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters as Tomas Berdych came from behind to secure a thrilling win over the world number three.
With Murray's form so imperious going into the match — he had won his last three tournaments and overtaken Roger Federer in the rankings — it was expected he would routinely secure a last-four berth when he won the first set.
But Berdych, who now has a 3-1 record over the Scot, dug deep and raised his game to a new level in the next two thrilling sets, often forcing Murray to lose his temper as he won 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
Murray engaged in a heated debate with the umpire midway through the final set, his anger no doubt increased by the amount of chances he passed up during the three-hour 10-minute tussle.
Murray said: “I'll need to work on a few things. I was moving much better than I did in my first match by the end of this one.
“I was really unhappy with the way I hit my backhand today, which is normally my most solid shot is stunned.”