India's top-ranked singles player Yuki Bhambri's dream run at the Indian Wells Masters tourney ended when he went down fighting to 18th seed Sam Querrey of United in the third round of BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.
Bhambri, who had stunned world No. 12 Lucas Pouille in the second round, lost the match against 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist Querrey in a gripping three-set match - 7-6 (4), 4-6, 4-6 as his stellar run in the ATP Masters 1000 tournament ended.
In their first-ever meeting on ATP tour, Bhambri started the match well as he edged his American rival in the first set tie-breakers. But the next two sets saw world No. 21 Querrey make a resurgent comeback by breaking Bhambri’s serve at crucial points to seal the match.
However, Bhambri’s win over Nicolas Mahut (1st round) and Lucas Pouille (second round) would make him break into the top 100. The 25-year-old will get a prize money of $47,000 and 61 points in the ATP rankings table.