Indian tennis ace Yuki Bhambri’s strong run at the BNP Paribas Open came to an end in the third round against America’s Sam Querrey in the three-set thriller here on Wednesday.
The world no 110, who has stunned world No 12 Lucas Pouille in the second round, lost 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6 in a match lasting 2 hours and 22 minutes. It was a close fight, with only a 10-point difference between the two in the end; Querrey won 111 to Bhambri’s 101, a difference of 52 to 48 per cent(s).
The second set followed a different pattern as a tiring Bhambri could not sustain the momentum and intensity as the world No 21 powered on. Querrey, who was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon and reached the US Open quarters, was a little better at the clutch moments, giving away only three break points. Two of these were converted by Bhambri, but the more telling stat was that he faced a break of serve 15 times, saving 11 of those breakpoints.
The American was also heavy on serve, thundering own 17 aces to win 83 per cent of first serve points. The 25-year-old won 59 per cent of his service points to his opponent’s 67, but only 33 per cent of return points to Querrey’s 41.
Despite the loss, the Indian’s first Masters 1000 win and a top-10 upset will give him a huge boost for the rest of the season, along with a prize money of 47K dollar and 61 points in the ATP rankings table.