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Garcia-Lopez packs off Andy Murray

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Paes registers 600th doubles match win; Bhupathi-Bopanna pair bows out

Andy Murray's makeover, under the tutelage of new coach Ivan Lendl, yielded a depressingly familiar result as he crashed out in his first match at Indian Wells for the second straight year.

Fourth-seeded Murray was overwhelmed by the un-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Saturday, losing to the Spaniard 6-4, 6-2 in his second-round opener. Murray was stunned in his opening match last year by unheralded American Donald Young.

Garcia-Lopez broke Murray to make it 5-2 in the second set. He then seized a 40-0 lead in the final game, clinching the win on his first match point with a powerful serve that handcuffed Murray.

Scotland's Murray was at a loss to explain the two crushingly early exits on the hard courts in the California desert.

“I am going to have to go away and think about what happened,” Murray said. “He plays with a lot of spin. It felt like I was playing a match on clay court. I squandered so many chances.”

Murray had four aces, but he made 34 unforced errors and hit just 17 winners in the one hour, 40 minute match. Garcia-Lopez, who is ranked 92 in the world, saved all seven of his break point chances and won 79 percent of his first serve points. Garcia-Lopez advances to the third round where he will play American Ryan Harrison, a 7-6(5), 6-3 winner over Viktor Troicki.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-2 in his second round match, and will face South African Kevin Anderson, who won in a walkover when German Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew earlier in the day.

In the WTA event, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and former winner Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round with 6-2, 6-0 victories on Saturday.

Denmark's Wozniacki launched her title defence by demolishing Russian Ekaterina Makarova and Sharapova, the 2006 champion, crushed Argentina's Gisela Dulko at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Paes-Stepanek advance

Leander Paes notched up the 600th doubles match win of his career when he partnered Radek Stepanek to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spaniards David Ferrer and Albert Ramos in the men's doubles first round.

The seventh seeds converted six of their eight break point opportunities to win in 67 minutes.

The Indian, who turned pro in 1991 and will be 39 on June 17, has a 600-311 record overall.

But his compatriots Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna suffered a shock first round defeat to Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3.

The results (BNP Paribas Open ATP/WTA tournament):

Men: Second round: Novak Djokovic bt Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-2; John Isner bt Frederico Gil 7-5, 6-3; Matthew Ebden bt Julien Benneteau 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; Kevin Anderson bt Philipp Kohlschreiber w/o; Albert Ramos bt Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-5, 6-1; Pablo Andujar bt Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-4; Nicolas Almagro bt Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

Andy Roddick bt Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3; Tomas Berdych bt Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4; Stanislas Wawrinka bt Robby Ginepri 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Gilles Simon bt Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4; Juan Monaco bt Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.

Mardy Fish bt Andreas Seppi 6-3, 3-2 retd; Ryan Harrison bt Viktor Troicki 7-6(5), 6-3; Santiago Giraldo bt Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-2; Guillermo Garcia-Lopez bt Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2.

Women: Second round: Chanelle Scheepers bt Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-2; Ana Ivanovic bt Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2; Sofia Arvidsson bt Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-3; Lourdes Dominguez bt Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4; Dominika Cibulkova bt Magdalena Rybarikova 2-1 retd; Francesca Schiavone bt Lesya Tsurenko 6-2, 6-4.

Samantha Stosur bt Irina Falconi 6-0, 6-3; Roberta Vinci bt Silvia Soler 6-3, 6-3; Simona Halep bt Petra Cetkovska 6-2, 6-4; Caroline Wozniacki bt Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0; Nadia Petrova bt Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2; Ksenia Pervak bt Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-0; Maria Kirilenko bt Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6(4), 6-4.

Lucie Safarova bt Tamira Paszek 6-3, 3-1 retd; Marion Bartoli bt Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; Maria Sharapova bt Giselo Dulko 6-2, 6-0.

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