Roger Federer looked like he had his match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. in hand, ahead 4-1 in the final set, but after fending off three match points, Marcos Baghdatis recovered to upset the world's number one ranked player 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.
After the match, Baghdatis of Cyprus kneeled down and kissed the court, clearly happy to have finally been able to defeat Federer. Coming into the match Bagdahtis, currently ranked 33rd in the world, was winless against him with an 0-6 career record.
In his first tournament since winning the Austrailian Open in January, Federer, the world's number one-ranked men's player, struggled to keep up with his opponent's intensity at crucial points in the match. Having missed February with a lung infection, Federer admitted a lack of match practice was a key element in his early round departure.