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Sport Tennis-Medvedev sent packing in fourth round of Indian Wells

07:15  14 october  2021
07:15  14 october  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Medvedev , 25, will play in the next round with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who qualified at the expense of American Riley Opelka, defeating him 6-3, 6- 4 earlier. In another match, Russian Aslan Karatsev defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2, while the other Russian Andrei Rublev lost to American Tommy Paul 4 -6, 6-3, 5-7.

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL). Indian Wells – US Open champion Daniil Medvedev "put the pressure on" to earn his 50th win of the season at the weather-hit ATP/WTA Indian Wells , defeating Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) in the third round on Monday night. The 25-year-old Russian delivered a dynamic performance in a second-set tiebreaker to pull away from the Serb and increase his match record to 50-10 this season. "It was a really tough match," Medvedev told AFP. "The first set I got lucky in a few moments. The second set I started well , but he raised his level.

By Amy Tennery

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(Reuters) -Daniil Medvedev was knocked out in the fourth round of Indian Wells by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as the world number two's near-flawless start turned nightmarish in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 defeat.

Medvedev broke Dimitrov’s serve to open the match, easing through a near-perfect first set in which he won all but four of his first-serve points and fired off three aces with just five unforced errors.

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The Russian, who won his maiden major title at the U.S. Open last month, was up two breaks in the second set and seemingly on track for an easy victory.

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Daniil Medvedev brings a 3-1 ATP Head2Head record into his fourth - round clash with Grigor Dimitrov at Indian Wells . But the Bulgarian has played himself back into form on Californian hard courts in recent weeks. He notched a first tour-level semi-final of 2021 last week in San Diego before his defeat of 16th seed Reilly Opelka sent him through to the fourth round for the first time in eight appearances at Indian Wells .

Top seed Daniil Medvedev is in full flight in the California desert, handling a lengthy rain delay and Serbian 27th seed Filip Krajinovic to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night. In a showdown that started late due to rain, the Russian managed the cold, windy conditions It means that I was doing pretty good in a lot of them," Medvedev said. “Filip is a really tough opponent. He’s always playing top tennis , very tough matches, especially that second set. [There were a] lot of ups and downs, but I think a great level from both of us. Really happy that in the tie-break I managed

But Dimitrov came roaring back, winning five games in a row to wrest control of the momentum as Medvedev unravelled, converting on break point to close out the second set, before winning another three games in a row to open the third.

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"Little by little I was just trying to stay in the game, stay in the moment, and really fight through every opportunity I had. I really had to go for it," Dimitrov said after the match.


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Down 15-40 and 4-1, Medvedev's frustrations boiled over as he missed a first serve and angrily flung his racquet to the ground. He then double faulted, handing Dimitrov the break.

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(Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev reached the fourth round at Indian Wells with a 6-2 7-6(1) victory over Serbia's Filip Krajinovic on Monday and said he was pleased to reach 50 wins this season. © Reuters/Jayne Kamin-Oncea Tennis : BNP Paribas Open-Day 8 © Reuters/Jayne Kamin-Oncea Tennis : BNP Paribas Open-Day 8. The top-seeded Russian took to the court following a long rain delay and wasted no time in showing the kind of form that earned him a maiden Grand Slam title last month, going 4-0 up before taking the opening set.

INDIAN WELLS , Calif. - - Upsets dominated the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with four top-five seeds getting dismissed in straight sets. Andy Murray and US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez were knocked out, too. No. 2 Iga Swiatek, the highest remaining women's seed, lost to No. 24 Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3. Ostapenko rallied from a break down in both sets on a day when the weather calmed down from the rain and wind that affected some of Monday's matches.

Medvedev broke back and then held serve, but it was too late, as the world number 28 completed the stunning comeback in the following game, before thrusting his arms aloft in triumph.

"I really wanted to play this match to be completely honest. I think what he has been able to accomplish this past, like, year and a half is pretty amazing. I think it really pushes me also to do better," Dimitrov told reporters.

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Medvedev, who picked up his fourth Masters 1000 title earlier this year in Toronto, told reporters he struggled to control the ball, particularly on the first serve and said he was growing tired just as Dimitrov "flipped the switch."

"I don't remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever, I guess, on hard courts," he said.

"That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay, I would say, which I don't like, because to lose four times the serve is just unacceptable."

Dimitrov has now recorded two wins against Medvedev and next faces eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-final round.

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York;Editing by Christian Schmollinger and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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