Indian Wells: Somdev Devvarman's bid to enter the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open fell flat as he lost the opening round of the qualifiers in straight sets to Italian 27th seed Matteo Viola.
The Indian, playing under protected ranking, suffered a 2-6, 2-6 bashing at the hands of world number 127.
Somdev, ranked 250th, lost his serve six times to get knocked out of the USD 5,030,408 hard-court event.
A file photo of Somdev Devvarman. (Reuters)