World number 4 Grigor Dimitrov had always struggled at Indian Wells, failing to win more than one match in any of his six previous visits to the desert and this year’s edition wasn’t any different.
The Bulgarian lost to Fernando Verdasco 6-7 6-4 6-3 in 2 hours and 6 minutes and notch his third straight loss.
Elsewhere, Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson defeated Evgeny Donskoy 7-5 6-4 to progress to the third round, while Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych booked the first of the third-round spots as he hammered German Maximillian Narterer 6-1 6-4.
South Korea’s rising star, Hyeon Chung also sealed progress as he bounced back from an opening set loss to beat Dusan Lajovic 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. Chung will play Tomas Berdych next.
Dominic Thiem survived the challenge of a promising Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn a three-set win.
The Austrian fifth seed won 6-2 3-6 6-3, in just under two hours
Tournament favourite, Roger Federer led Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 2-2 when their match was delayed by a heavy drizzle 56 minutes after it began.