In the current ATP rankings Ernest Gulbis occupies 71-e a place, Garcia-Lopez — 38-E. Above have met three times, and in two cases the stronger was the Latvian tennis player (both times in St. Petersburg).
In the opening game of the match, Gulbis immediately lost his serve, soon Garcia-Lopez led 2:0 and not allowed to close the account— 2:6.
In the third game of the second set Riga again allowed the opponent to make a break in the sixth game managed to win — 3:3. With the score 5:5 the match was interrupted for almost one hour because of the rain.
After the resumption of play, the contestants took one game, and got to a tie break. Gulbis led 2:1, but then lost six draws in a row (2:7), and the match ended. During the game, Ernest has committed 53 unforced errors.
In the second round Garcia-Lopez will face another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez (18th sowing).
For his performance in Indian wells, Gulbis will get 10 points in a rating, in this case he needed to defend 45 points for reaching the third round last season. In Indian wells he scored his first victory in the 2015 year. And the most successful Ernest played in Indian wells in 2013 (1/8 final) and in 2014 (quarterfinals).
In this season Gulbis won just two wins in eight matches in the main rounds of the ATP (in the remaining cases has not been qualified).
Indian wells — the first of nine tournaments of series masters in the season. Leading world players miss the third racket of the world Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard David Ferrer (8th). The main favorite is the Serb Novak Djokovic: the leader of the world ranking took the titles in Indian wells the previous two seasons, and he has won here 4 times (41 victory in 47 matches in his career).