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Indian Wells Digest - Saturday

by Alexandra Willis
Sunday 11 March 2012

Andy Murray became the biggest casualty of the BNP Paribas Open so far as he was outplayed by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a surprising 4-6, 2-6 loss in his first match in Indian Wells.

Murray, who had come into the tournament on the back of beating Novak Djokovic to reach the final in Dubai, had been confident of avenging the pain of last year's second round loss to Donald Young. But Garcia-Lopez, who reached the final in Eastbourne two years ago, had other ideas, producing one of the matches of his latter career to outplay the Scot from the back of the court.

With Murray struggling to find the depth on his groundstrokes that had seemed to come so naturally in Dubai last week, he had chances to break in the opening set, only to squander them, and then drop his own serve immediately after.

Having served out the first set, Garcia-Lopez hardly looked back in the second, accelerating to 5-2, and serving out without bother.

It was a disappointing loss for Murray, who had been brimming with confidence in the build-up to this tournament, and is now left with unpicking precisely what went wrong.

"I have to go away and think about what happened," Murray said. "I played great in practice, was hitting the ball really well. I felt pretty fresh. I didn't move my best tonight, but I didn't feel like I was moving really badly."

"The level of tennis nowadays you get no easy first-round matches and you play a poor match, that's what happens. So you can't allow it to happen. I don't know exactly why because I was playing really, really good tennis the whole of the week and the build-up to it."

"I didn't play my best tennis and I need to make sure I turn it around in time for Miami. I've had bad losses before and come back better, so that's obviously my goal now the next two weeks is to prepare for Miami and get myself playing well again."

Garcia-Lopez advances to meet Ryan Harrison, who saw off Viktor Troicki.

By contrast, Marion Bartoli, last year's finalist, eeked out a much-needed win over Varvara Lepchenko, despite trailing 2-5 in the third set. Maria Sharapova, however, hardly put a toe wrong during her thumping of Gisela Dulko.

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Ones to watch... Matt Ebden. The young Australian has been working his way up the ATP rankings bit by bit, and a main draw win over Julien Benneteau will do wonders for both confidence and points.

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There were straightforward wins for, among others, Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Pablo Andujar, Mardy Fish, and Ryan Harrison in the men, and Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Roberta Vinci, Sofia Arvidsson, Simona Halep, Chanelle Scheepers and Nadia Petrova in the women.

One of the upsets of the day could be claimed by Spain's Albert Ramos, who saved a match point during his 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Richard Gasquet, the 16th seed, while Santiago Giraldo saw off Kei Nishikori in an unhappy result for the Japanese star. Andy Roddick, Nicolas Almagro, Tomas Berdych, and Stanislas Wawrinka meanwhile survived three-set scuffles to make it through to the third round.

In the ladies' draw, the big departing name was 11th seed Sabine Lisicki, who continues to have not won a main draw match here at Indian Wells, while Sam Stosur produced the quickest set, an 18-minute bagel in what was her first match on American soil since winning the US Open title last year.

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For all the reports and results from Indian Wells, visit the official BNP Paribas Open website


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