Indian Wells: American world No. 21 Sam Querrey ended Yuki Bhambri's fine run at the Indian Wells Masters here on Tuesday.
The Indian qualifier, ranked 110, pushed his opponent before bowing out with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 4-6 loss in the third round. The intense battle lasted 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 was a memorable 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.
Bhambri said playing Frenchman Pouille and Querrey was very different.
"They were completely different opponents. Sam has (a) bigger serve and relies a lot on it. That was the difference. He bailed himself out on a lot of points. Losing serve early in the third set was tough as I was playing catching up after that and (it was) 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 need to keep giving myself the opportunities to do that," he said.