ANDY MURRAY 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Dudi Sela battled world No. 13 Gilles Simon for three hours and eight
minutes on Saturday, fighting back from a set and 5-2 down only to lose 7-5, 6-7
(6), 6-4 in the second round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament.
26-year-old Israeli, ranked No. 63 in the world, seemed to be heading to a
straight-sets defeat after Simon held serve to open a 5-2 lead in the second
However, Sela saved a match point in the eighth game and another in
the tiebreak before sending the match to a decisive set, which he led 3-1, only
to be broken right back and eventually fall to a painful
Meanwhile, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic eased into the third round
on Saturday while fourth-seeded Andy Murray made a premature
Djokovic, champion here in 2008 and last year, handed out a 6-3,
6-2 thrashing to Kazakhstan qualifier Andrey Golubev, breaking his opponent’s
serve twice in each set to triumph in one hour 20 minutes.
“It was a good
start,” the top-seeded Serb said in a courtside interview after sealing the win
with a powerful first serve that forced a wild backhand error by his
World No. 4 Murray, runner-up at Indian Wells in
2009, was upset 6-4, 6-2 by 92nd-ranked Spaniard Guillermo Garcia- Lopez, the
second year in a row the Briton was eliminated in his opening match at Indian
Reuters contributed to this report