Indian Wells: Yuki Bhambri bows out in the third round

The World No. 110 lost to America’s World No. 21 Sam Querrey 7-6 (4), 4-6, 4-6.

(File Photo) Yuki Bhambri lost after a gruelling third-round match that lasted two hours and 20 minutes.   -  AP

Yuki Bhambri’s impressive run at the Indian Wells Masters came to an end with his loss to American World No. 21 Sam Querrey in the third round.

Bhambri, ranked 110, bowed out with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6 loss. The 25-year-old Indian saved 11 of the 15 breakpoints in the gruelling match that lasted two hours and 20 minutes. Bhambri will collect 45 points for making the third round of the tourney, and 16 more points for qualifying. This is likely to push Bhambri back to top-100 when the new rankings are issued on Monday.

The Indian Wells Masters has been a tournament to remember for Bhambri, who knocked out Nicolas Mahut and World No. 12 Lucas Pouille en route to the third round.

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Bhambri elaborated on the difference between facing Pouille and Querrey. “They were completely different opponents. Sam has bigger serve and relies a lot on it. That was the difference today. He bailed himself out on a lot of points. Losing serve early in the third set was tough as I was playing catching up after that and more difficult against a big server,” Bhambri told PTI.

Bhambri said he got a lot of confidence from the good run of form. “I feel I can beat anyone. I just need to keep giving myself the opportunities to do that,” he said.