British number three Dan Evans lost 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka within their first-round game at Indian Wells.
28, evans, straight back inside the planet’s top 100 after having a medication ban, saved three set points before taking the opening set.
World number 40 Wawrinka broke in the eighth game of the decider to triumph in two hours and levelled.
Formerly, British women’s number-one Johanna Konta be at Hsieh Su-Wei of both Taiwan 6-0 6-2 to reach around three.
World number 45 Konta won the first eight matches plus saved three break points when operating at 32 in the second.
Her opponent, ranked 27, spurned 1-2 breakpoint opportunities .
There were four breaks in the primary set between Wawrinka and Evans prior to the Briton raced 6 1 ahead and took control of this tie break.
In taking the moment in 31 minutes, shooting 16 27, 2017 finalist Wawrinka lost just 4 points on his own serve.
Evans, who took a medical timeout for treatment on his fur before the set, saw he is eluded by three breakup chances in the fifth game and in the seventh.
This was the pair’s first meeting since a epic 2016 US Open third-round game which Wawrinka won in five collections.
Evans, then ranked 64th, failed to take a game point in a four-hour thriller which Wawrinka edged on his method into eventually winning the title at Flushing Meadows.
Both players’ bundles have suffered since that night – Wawrinka suffering a knee injury – but they’ve shown signs of returning into their form this past year.
Wawrinka, who completed at Indian Wells reached that the Rotterdam final in February and is as much as 40th in the ranks.
Evans, meanwhile, has recently won 19 games this past year and agonisingly missed out his first ATP title at the Delray Beach Open last month later producing a double fault on match point.
The British Davis Cup player’s form has let him to maneuver back into the planet’s top 100 last week – less than a year after arriving from his suspension.