Young Stuns Murray; Karlovic Knocks Out Ferrer
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Stadium 2 provided the stage for two huge upsets during Saturday’s day session at the BNP Paribas Open, with World No. 5 Andy Murray and No. 6 David Ferrer both crashing out in their second-round opening matches.
American qualifier Donald Young stunned 2009 finalist Murray 7-6(4), 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes, breaking the British No. 1 for a fourth time in the match to clinch his career-best win.
Prior to Saturday, the highest-ranked player the 21-year-old Young had beaten was a 32nd-ranked Feliciano Lopez in 2008 at the same stage of the year’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
“I thought I played pretty consistent. I'm sure he didn't play his best today,” said Young. “I got a little nervous, some double faults that didn't make it halfway up the net. I've been in this position a couple of times with a few players and had not won the match. I just told myself this time I was going to see it through and not let the nerves get the best of me.”
It marked the second straight loss for Murray in an opening round, after starting the year with a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.
“I started the match well, and then when it got close to the end of the first set, I didn't do anything particularly well,” he said. “I didn't do anything to really lift myself. Kind of the crowd were for him. He started playing better. I didn't find my way back into the match.”
In the first match on Stadium 2, Croatian Ivo Karlovic scored the first big surprise of the 2011 tournament by ousting Ferrer. He saved all three break points faced on serve in the second set and completed the 7-6(3), 6-3 upset with an ace on match point.
Karlovic had lost his past eight matches against a Top 10-ranked opponent, his most recent wins coming in 2009 when he defeated No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 8 Fernando Verdasco back-to-back to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The 6’10” Croatian, a former World No. 14 who is currently ranked No. 239, is making his comeback from an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the last six months of the 2010 ATP World Tour season.
Ferrer suffered just his third loss of the year (14-3). The 28 year old won titles at Auckland and Acapulco and reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Three other Spaniards fared better in their second-round opening matches Saturday afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Ninth seed Fernando Verdasco (watch interview) led Lithuanian wild card Richard Berankis 7-5, 2-0 when his opponent retired with a back injury; No. 23 Albert Montanes battled past Finn Jarkko Nieminen 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) and No. 25 Tommy Robredo closed out a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over German Mischa Zverev.
Meanwhile, two past Australian Open finalists bowed out in their openers. No. 15 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Belgian Xavier Malisse 7-6(6), 7-5, while No. 19 Marcos Baghdatis succumbed to Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 6-0.
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