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Sela’s rally falls short at Indian Wells
Dudi Sela battled world No. 13 Gilles Simon for three hours and eight minutes but loses in the end.
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.

The 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 set.

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 defeat.

Meanwhile, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic eased into the third round on Saturday while fourth-seeded Andy Murray made a premature exit.

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 145th-ranked opponent.

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 Wells.

Reuters contributed to this report
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