World no.4 Andy Murray lost in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as he went down to Guillermo Garcia – Lopez 6-4 6-2.
Garcia – Lopez will now face Ryan Harrison of America in round three.
Murray, who had a bye in the first round of the tournament, lost exactly at the same stage of the event last year, crashing out to Donald Young of America.
The Brit had some chances to break Garcia – Lopez in the first set, but it was the Spaniard who got the only break of the set, which came in the ninth game. He then held his serve to close out the set.
Murray got broken in the very first game of the second set. Once Garcia – Lopez went up two breaks to take a 5-2 lead, he wasn’t going to let this match to slip out of his hands.
For Murray, it is a bit frustrating losing at the early stages, especially after his good performance at the Dubai Championships last week, where he only lost to Federer in the final.
World no. 1 Novak Djokovic had an easy win in round two, beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Djokovic is the defending champion, having beaten Rafa Nadal in last year’s final.
Also through is Andy Roddick, who overcame Lukasz Kubot of Poland in three hard fought sets 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3. Roddick made a big comeback when Kubot was serving for a match at 5-4 in the second set. This should give him some confidence going into the next rounds.