Indian Wells Masters: Yuki Bhambri's impressive run comes to end with third-round loss to Sam Querrey
Bhambri pushed his opponent before bowing out with a 7-6(4) 4-6 4-6 loss, which came after an intense battle lasting two hours and 20 minutes.
Indian Wells: Yuki Bhambri's stupendous run at the Indian Wells Masters came to an end following his defeat to American World No 21 Sam Querrey in the third round.
The Indian qualifier, ranked 110, pushed his opponent before bowing out with a 7-6(4) 4-6 4-6 loss, which came after an intense battle lasting two hours and 20 minutes. The 25-year-old Indian saved 11 of the 15 breakpoints in the gruelling match.
The 45 points he earned by making the third round and 16 from the qualifying event, are likely to push Bhambri back to top-100 when the new rankings are issued on Monday.
It has been a great tournament for Bhambri, who knocked out players of the calibre of two-time doubles Grand Slam winner Nicolas Mahut and World No 12 Lucas Pouille en route the third round.
Bhambri said playing Frenchman Pouille and Querrey was very different.
"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 catch up after that and more difficult against a big server," Bhambri told PTI.
The Indian Davis Cupper, who also beat World No 22 Gael Monfils in August 2017, said he has got a lot of confidence from the tournament.
"I feel, I can beat anyone. I just ned to keep giving myself the opportunities to do that," he said.
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