Djokovic through Murray out at Indian Wells

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Updated: March 11, 2012

Fourth-seeded Andy Murray tumbled out of the BNP Paribas Open in his opening match Saturday night, making 34 unforced errors and failing to convert any of his seven break chances in a shock 6-4, 6-2 loss to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Murray, 24, had come into the tournament in buoyant mood after reaching his first final in Dubai where he eventually perished to Roger Federer, who was picking up a fifth title in the Emirates.

Murray had been expected to cruise past the 92nd-ranked Garcia-Lopez having won their two previous meetings, but that was not the case as the Spaniard made it third time lucky against his more esteemed opponent.

Murray’s second-round departure removes one of the bigger obstacles for Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked Serb who opened his bid for a third title in the event with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Andrey Golubev.

Djokovic, a winner over Rafael Nadal last year in the finale at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and also the 2008 champion, is 23-4 on the slow PlexiPave courts that he said favour his game.

The world No.1, winner of the last three Grand Slams including his epic victory over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, will face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the third round.

Murray was not the only big-name departure as No.16 seed Richard Gasquet also bowed out with a three-set loss, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, to Spain’s Albert Ramos. There was though better news for French fans as Gilles Simon as he overcame a battling Dudi Sela to reach the third round.

Home fans had plenty to cheer as Americans John Isner, Andy Roddick, who is at his lowest ranking (31) since August 2001, Mardy Fish and Ryan Harrison all sealed safe passage into the next rounds.

In the ladies draw, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and former winner Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round of the Indian Wells WTA tournament with 6-2 6-0 victories on Saturday.

US Open champion Sam Stosur of Australia also eased into the third round, needing only 49 minutes with her attacking style to hammer American wild card Irina Falconi 6-0 6-3.

Sixth-seeded Stosur will next play Russian Nadia Petrova, who beat American wild card Lauren Davis 6-3 6-2.

Former champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia gained a measure of revenge for her early exit from last year’s French Open, pounding Swede Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-2.

In other matches, 10th seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy swept past Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-4 and 11th-seeded German Sabine Lisicki was upset 6-1 6-4 by Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino.