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King loses to Monfils after winning first set

JUSTIN MARVILLE, [email protected]

King loses to Monfils after winning first set

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DARIAN KING didn’t have another upset in him.

Barbados’ top ranked tennis player turned in a tremendous performance, having taken the first set off of world No.10 Gael Monfils before ultimately falling in three sets in their second round match tonight at Indian Wells.

Playing in his first ATP 1000 event, the 131st-ranked King jumped out to an early lead until the heavily-favoured Frenchman won 12 of the last 13 games to pull out a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory in the BNP Paribas Open.

It was a gutsy performance from the 24-year-old Bajan ace, who was facing his first top ten opponent, less than a month after stunning former world No.17 Bernard Tomic at the Memphis Open.

The second-round showing at the ATP Masters event is expected to give King his highest career ranking when the new Emirates ATP rankings are released on Monday. (JM)