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It’s deja vu for Murray as he loses again at Indian Wells.

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Andy Murray suffered a surprise early exit from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday night at the hands of world number 92 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The British number one, who received a bye in the first round of the first Masters 1000 tournament of the year, headed into his second-round clash having not lost a set in his previous two encounters with the Spaniard. But Garcia-Lopez produced one of the best performances of his career to stun the world number four 6-4 6-2 to advance to a third-round meeting with American teenager Ryan Harrison. Murray, who crashed out of the event at the same stage last year to American qualifier Donald Young, had numerous chances to break his opponent in the first set – notably from 0-40 – but could not capitalise. Having kept his nerve to keep the match on serve, the first break finally arrived in game nine and went in Garcia-Lopez’s favour, the Spaniard making the Briton pay for several sloppy forehands. Garcia-Lopez closed out the first set and Murray cut a frustrated figure at the start of the second, particularly after losing his opening service game. Murray must have sensed a turning point when he saved four break points and held serve in game three to get back to 2-1. But, unconcerned by failing to establish a double-break cushion, the 28-year-old from La Roda continued to play positive tennis and make Murray work hard just to stay in contention, his single-handed backhand troubling the Scot throughout. And any hopes Murray harboured of getting back into the match were well and truly extinguished in game seven when a forehand into the net saw Garcia-Lopez break serve again to go 5-2 up. He duly closed out the match against his shellshocked opponent, setting up a third-round meeting with Harrison following the 19-year-old American’s 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over 25th-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki. Murray was baffled by his performance.

“I have to go away and think about what happened “I played great in practice, was hitting the ball really well. I felt pretty fresh. “I didn’t move my best tonight, but it didn’t feel like I was moving really badly. He hardly missed the ball the whole match. He was playing with a lot of spin. “It almost felt like playing the match on a clay court. I wasn’t able to hit through the court and I squandered so many chances.” Murray insists he is in good condition. “In comparison to how I felt coming in here last year, it was night and day,” he said. “I was feeling way more focused and confident, so I’m not sure exactly why that happened tonight. “I wasn’t able to hit through the court and I squandered so many chances.”


Garcia-Lopez continues his winning way in Japan.

Last week’s PTT Thailand Open champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez knocked out sixth-seeded Spanish compatriot Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4 in the pair’s first meeting in 12 months. The World No. 39 won 81 per cent of service points to reach his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) this year. Lopez, who reached the 2002 and 2007 quarter-finals in the Japanese capital, failed to convert any of his four break point opportunities and dropped to a 26-20 season tally.

Radek Stepanek advanced to the quarter-finals at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships on Wednesday when his Swiss opponent Marco Chiudinelli retired due to a lower back injury. Stepanek was leading 5-7, 7-6(7) 4-1 and had hit 12 aces after two hours and 24 minutes of play. Stepanek was sidelined for two-and-a-half months due to mononucleosis earlier in the year. He reached the Brisbane International final (l. to Roddick) and has a 12-11 match record.

Russian Dmitry Tursunov, ranked No. 432 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings after three left ankle surgeries, defeated 2007 finalist Richard Gasquet of France 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes to book a place in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since July 2009 at Indianapolis.


Garcia -Lopez wins his 2nd ATP title in Bangkok.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez claimed the second title of his career with a three-set win over Jarkko Nieminen in the final of the PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok.

The unseeded Spaniard, who defeated world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, won 6-4 3-6 6-4 after converting his fourth match point. Garcia-Lopez, ranked 53 in the world, had only previously won at Kitzbuehel last year.


Garcia-Lopez reaches Thailand final by ousting Nadal.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez stunned world number one Rafael Nadal 2-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to reach the Thailand Open final. It looked like being another routine win for Spaniard Nadal, who completed a career Grand Slam at the US Open this month, when he took the opener. However Garcia-Lopez, ranked 53, won a tie-break against his compatriot to level before prevailing in the decider.

Garcia-Lopez will face Jarkko Nieminen in the final after the Finn beat Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-2. “I’ve never beaten a number one player in the world,” reflected Garcia-Lopez. “I think this is the best victory in my career. “Everything was fantastic. For the moment, I’m a bit shocked.”

Garcia-Lopez, a runner-up to Michael Llodra at Eastbourne in June, found his rhythm in the second set, making Nadal work hard with some impressive groundstrokes and bombarding him with flat, wide serves that yielded 10 aces in total. In the third, he continued to apply the pressure on Nadal, who had plenty of chances to stop the rot, but converted only two of 26 breakpoints. “I have to blame myself that I didn’t play aggressive when I had a chance to break,” said a rueful Nadal. “He served well on break points. I lost chance after chance. He played a great match, especially in the third.”

Earlier, the unseeded Nieminen, ranked 60th, took charge against his 65th-ranked opponent and cruised through their match in only 65 minutes in Bangkok. Nieminen, seeking his second career ATP Tour title, dominated with sharp groundstrokes against Becker and fired 76% of his first serves in. The Finn has not dropped a set in his run to the final, including wins over seeds Viktor Troicki and Jurgen Melzer. “I’ve played great tennis and am just looking forward to the final,” said the 29-year-old.

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