- BNP Paribas Open
Murray crashes out after losing to Garcia-Lopez
Andy Murray suffered a shock second-round exit at the BNP Paribas Open, falling in straight sets to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
The Brit never looked comfortable during the match and was left to rue seven missed opportunities to break his opponent's serve, ultimately going down 6-4 6-2. Garcia-Lopez, meanwhile, played the percentages as Murray's game lacked its usual dynamism.
Indeed, Murray squandered four break-point chances in the opening set and while the pair traded games for much of the set, a wayward backhand down the line cost the Scot in the 10th game. Garcia-Lopez claimed the opening set, and with it obtained the momentum.
Murray appeared rattled as the second set commenced, dropping the first two games as Garcia-Lopez grew in confidence, firing down tight bodyline serves on a regular basis. The fourth seed then gathered himself to get himself back in contention at 3-2, winning a series of points by mixing up his range of strokes from the back of the court.
However, Murray would not win another game as 93rd-ranked Garcia-Lopez closed out the match convincingly. The Spaniard's slice serve was of particular trouble to Murray late in the match, while Murray dumped a backhand into the net at a critical stage in the seventh game.
Garcia-Lopez made no mistake when serving for the match, holding to love to cause the upset of the event thus far.
It is the second consecutive year Murray has bowed out of the tournament in the second round following his surprise defeat in 2011 at the hands of Donald Young.
Home favourite Ryan Harrison will take on Garcia-Lopez in the third round after he dispatched Victor Troicki earlier in the afternoon.