Medvedev stunned by Dimitrov’s grand return at Indian Wells

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov won a set and a double-break to beat Daniil Medvedev, shock number one in the ATP Tour BNP Paribas Open.

Dimitrov shocks Medvedev at Indian Wells Indian Wells (USA), October 14 (IANS). Grigor Dimitrov, a Bulgarian player, rallied from a set to shock Daniil Medvedev and reached the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour BNP Paribas Open here.

 

Dimitrov, the 23rd seeds, turned back the years and battled from 4-6 to 1-4 down to beat the Russian 4-6 to 6-4, then 6-3. He produced one of the greatest comebacks of this season, making it to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for first time.

After initially appearing to be in complete control, Medvedev lost it. He made only 34 percent of his second serves in the second set, as Dimitrov forced Medvedev to lose his way. His aggressive game led to 2 making mistakes. After winning eight consecutive games, the Bulgarian advanced to the next round after just two hours and sixteen minutes.

Dimitrov defeated Andy Murray in Miami for the first time since 2016. The World No. His ATP Head2Head deficit against Medvedev has been reduced to 2-3. After Dimitrov’s defeat of Aslan Karatsev in Russia, Dimitrov will face Hubert Hurkacz, eighth seed.

The eight-time tour-level champ is now in the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event. Dimitrov reached the eighth round at the Australian Open in January. He also defeated a top-five player, the then-World No. 3 Dominic Thiem.

Dimitrov, who had 25 winners, continued to frustrate Medvedev, fueled by momentum. He kept his approach to the net effective and won when Medvedev hit an ace long forehand.

Medvedev had won 18 out of 19 of his matches on North American soil in the past. He also captured his fourth Masters 1000 title at Toronto and first major at US Open. The Russian wanted to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for his first time.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, from Greece, advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Alex de Minaur, Australia, 6-7(3) and 7-6(3) in three hard-fought sets.

Other matches saw Diego Schwartzman of Argentina defeat Casper Ruud, Norway, 6-3 and 6-3. Hubert Hurkacz from Poland defeated Aslan Karatsev, Russia, 6-1, 3-3, Taylor Fritz defeated Jannik Sinner, Italy, 6-4. 6-2; Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Russia’s Karen Khachanov 64, 7-6(6).