No. 2-seeded Andy Murray failed to take advantage of a break up in the third set of a tough-fought match, falling to Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3) on Monday at Indian Wells.
“I have a couple of big wins, but in [this] situation [it] was special,” said Delbonis, who also beat Roger Federer three years ago. “For that tournament, for that surface, for me [it] is the best win.”
It was only Murray’s second match since the Australian Open and becoming a father, with the Brit withering in the windy conditions.
“The conditions here, I have just struggled with throughout my career,” said Murray, who through three sets had no aces, and only 25 winners to 44 unforced errors. “I have never really felt that I played my best tennis here.”
The 25-year-old Delbonis will next meet no. 13 seed Gael Monfils, who beat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-3.
Top 10-seeded winners on the day were No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeating Croat Borna Coric 6-1, 7-6(3); No. 8 Richard Gasquet outdueling the Ukraine’s No. 26 Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; and No. 10 Marin Cilic working past Argentine Leo Mayer 6-4, 6-3.
Berdych will next meet No. 12 seed Milos Raonic, who had an easy day when opponent and No. 17 seed Bernard Tomic retired trailing 6-2, 3-0 citing a wrist injury. Gasquet will next square off against Cilic.
No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka was a winner in the late-night match, topping Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6(5). The Swiss will next face No. 15 seed David Goffin, who was a comeback winner on Monday 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Argentine Guido Pella.
Tuesday’s riches of highlights in Indian Wells are (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco in an all-Spanish, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (30) Steve Johnson, (1) Noval Djokovic vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (11) Dominic Thiem vs. (21) Jack Sock, (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (31) Sam Querrey, and (16) Gilles Simon vs. Alexander Zverev.
TUESDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP –  S. Johnson (USA) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA –  A. Radwanska (POL) vs  J. Jankovic (SRB)
ATP –  R. Nadal (ESP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
WTA –  S. Williams (USA) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs  P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs  R. Vinci (ITA)
STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] N. Gibbs (USA) vs  P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP –  J. Isner (USA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP –  D. Thiem (AUT) vs  J. Sock (USA)
ATP –  S. Querrey (USA) vs  J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA –  V. Azarenka (BLR) vs  S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA –  R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs  G. Simon (FRA)
ATP –  F. Lopez (ESP) vs  R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs  S. Halep (ROU)
WTA –  Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs  J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs  T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
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