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Sport US Open champ Medvedev stunned by Dimitrov in Indian Wells

06:31  14 october  2021
06:31  14 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

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US Open champ Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a forehand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their fourth round match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament in southern California Frederic J. BROWN AFP. Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is out of the ATP Indian Wells Masters, falling in stunning fashion in the fourth round to No. 23 seed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday. Medvedev , who won his first Grand Slam title last month at Flushing Meadows, hadn't lost a set heading into the fourth round but dropped eight straight games against Dimitrov en route to a

Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is out of the ATP Indian Wells Masters, falling in the fourth round to No. 23 seed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday. Medvedev , who won his first Grand Slam title last month at Flushing Meadows, hadn't lost a set heading into the fourth round but dropped eight straight games against Dimitrov . World No. 2 Medvedev won the first set, was up 4-1 in the second and appeared to be cruising to another easy victory when the wheels came off -- his unforced errors mounting and service game falling flat.

Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is out of the ATP Indian Wells Masters, falling in the fourth round to No. 23 seed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.

US Open champ Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a forehand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their fourth round match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament in southern California © Frederic J. BROWN US Open champ Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a forehand return to Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their fourth round match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament in southern California

Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title last month at Flushing Meadows, hadn't lost a set heading into the fourth round but dropped eight straight games against Dimitrov en route to a stunning early exit for the top seed.

World No. 2 Medvedev did not take a break after his emotional US Open victory and said his busy schedule may have finally caught up to him.

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Daniil Medvedev fell to Grigor Dimitrov in Indian Wells on Wednesday. Medvedev On Dimitrov : 'I Don't See Him Losing To Anybody'. Oct142021. ATP Staff. However, having won 18 of his past 20 matches on North American soil, Medvedev was in a reflective mood as he praised the performance of Dimitrov . On whether the 13-time tour-level champion could put the result into perspective, Medvedev said: “100 per cent. If I would lose the US Open final, maybe [I] would have been a little bit tough on myself.

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. "I am happy I managed to fight on every point and get it to a tiebreak.

"I did feel exhausted in this tournament. Now I can say it. I couldn't say it before my matches. There are a few physical things that have come up," said Medvedev, who is hoping to eventually overtake Novak Djokovic for number one in the world.

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates victory over top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters © Frederic J. BROWN Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates victory over top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters

Medvedev won the first set, was up 4-1 in the second and appeared to be cruising to another easy victory when the wheels came off -- his unforced errors mounting and service game falling flat.

Medvedev had no answers for the way Dimitrov was playing and predicted the Bulgarian would likely go on to capture the title.

"If he plays like this, like the way he played me from 4-1, then he is going to win the tournament," Medvedev said. "He played the second half of the match better than anyone did against me at the US Open. It is not like I gave him the match."

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US 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. The top-seeded Russian took to the court following a long rain delay and wasted no time in showing the He's always playing top tennis, tough matches, especially that second set. There were a lot of ups and downs, but a great level from both." Up next for world number two Medvedev is Grigor Dimitrov , who beat American Reilly Opelka 6-3 6-4 earlier in the day. Medvedev 's compatriot Andrey Rublev

Oct 11, 2021; Indian Wells , CA, USA ; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) hits a shot against Filip Krajinovic (SRB) during a third round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Oct 11 (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. 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

The match turned in the sixth game of the second set as Dimitrov broke Medvedev's serve for the second time in the set to cut the Russian's lead to 4-2.

Dimitrov held serve in the next game and then broke Medvedev twice more to take the set and set the tone for a dominating performance in the third.

The Bulgarian closed out the match on the first match point when Medvedev blasted a forehand long.

"Everything came through. That's great," said Dimitrov.

Dimitrov will face Polish eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz, who rolled over Russian Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-3 earlier on Wednesday, in the quarter-finals.

- Minor setback -

The 25-year-old Medvedev beat Djokovic in the US Open final last month to prevent the Serb star from becoming the first man since the legendary Rod Laver in the 1960s to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.

Medvedev managed to break Dimitrov in the first game of the first two sets but that is small consolation for the loss.

Medvedev made six double faults and had his serve broken six times in the two hour, 15 minute match in the main stadium.

Medvedev, who has won 50 matches in 2021, described this as a minor setback because this event is not a Grand Slam.

"I don't see this as the end of the world. I don't think this would happen in a Grand Slam. There are some small points I could have done better," he said.

This is just the second time Dimitrov has beaten Medvedev in five career meetings. The last time was a three-set win in their first encounter in 2017 in London.

In other men's matches on Wednesday, Argentina's Diego Schwartzman defeated Casper Ruud of Norway 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarters.

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