Australia’s Jordan Thompson has suffered his second straight first round loss on the ATP Tour, this time bowing out of the Miami Open.
It was another blow for the 22-year-old Sydneysider, who was forced to retire from the Indian Wells Masters in the first round last week due to an ankle injury.
The world No.79 powered his way to a 6-1 opening set win against Yoshihito Nishioka, but the 58th-ranked Japanese lifted his game to win the next two sets 6-4 6-3.
Nishioka will now meet in-form 13th-seeded American Jack Sock in the next round.
Joining Thompson on the way out was 39-year-old veteran Tommy Haas.
The German lost 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 7-5 to Czech Jiri Vesely as his injury-plagued career draws to a close.
The Haas match featured an incident unlikely to be duplicated when an iguana lizard measuring almost a metre suddenly perched atop an on-court scoreboard at 3-3 in the final set.
It took a squadron of broom-holding workers and one with a sack to finally grab the reptile and dispose of it safely back in the underbrush of the island tournament venue.
“Maybe the iguana got the note that this is most likely the last time playing here, and he wanted to say hi and take a peek or something,” Haas, who snapped a picture of the incident, joked. “I don’t know, but it was pretty cool. Of that size, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that.
“The main thing was to try to get him safely away, that was really my main concern at the end. I don’t think it’ll ever happen again, to be honest, especially in my career, because it’s almost over anyway.”
Of the American contingent, world No.108 Ernesto Escobedo beat Britain’s 43rd ranked Dan Evans 7-5 0-6 6-3, Donald Young advanced at the expense of Dustin Brown 6-3 1-6 6-2, Taylor Fritz knocked out Czech Adam Pavlasek 6-2 6-3, Jared Donaldson defeated Kyle Edmund 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 and Italian Fabio Fognini defeated Ryan Harrison 6-4 7-5.
Three French players reached the second round, with Benoit Paire beating Martin Klizan 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, Nicolas Mahut taking out Michael Mmoh 6-3 6-2 and Jeremy Chardy accounting for Facundo Bagnis 6-2 6-2.
Other winners were Serbian Viktor Troicki, Argentines Guido Pella and Federico Delbonis, Israeli Dudi Sela, German Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) and South African Kevin Anderson.