Indian Wells: Cameron Norrie loses main draw debut to Taro Daniel

By Sky Sports Tennis

Image: British number three Cameron Norrie came through two rounds of qualifying in Indian Wells

British No 3 Cameron Norrie lost in the first round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells to Japan's Taro Daniel 6-3 1-6 6-1.

Norrie, 22, had come through two rounds of qualifying having seen off Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky and American Christian Harrison, but found himself losing the first set 6-3 after 34 minutes in his first ever main draw match at Masters 100 level.

Norrie battled back to dominate on serve in the second, eventually taking it 6-1 to set up a deciding set.

Daniel, ranked 109th in the world, raced through the final set 6-1, wrapping up the match in an hour and 46 minutes.

Daniel now faces five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Elsewhere, there was also wins for Gael Monfils who beat Australian Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-3 and wild card Ernesto Escobedo who beat fellow American Frances Tiafoe - who beat Juan Martin del Petro and Hyeon Chung on his way to last month's Delray Beach Open title - 7-5 6-3.

You can watch the Masters 1000 from Indian Wells with coverage getting underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action and via the red button on the same channel this Thursday. You can also watch it from 10.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.


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