Indian Wells: Daniil Medvedev beats Grigor Dimitrov, Casper Ruud and Tommy Paul also win

Daniil Medvedev reaches 18th ATP 1000 quarterfinal with win over Grigor Dimitrov; You can watch Indian Wells this week live on Sky Sports, as well as over 80 tournaments a year, including the US Open, exclusively live on Sky Sports Tennis.

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Daniil Medvedev defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of Indian Wells.

Medvedev, who is playing only his third tournament of the season, was runner-up to Carlos Alcaraz at Indian Wells 12 months ago, seen by many as the unofficial fifth major of tennis.

The Russian player will face Denmark’s Holger Rune in the last eight.

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“It is not easy for everyone to play here, especially this year because they have changed the balls and it is even more difficult to control,” Medvedev said.

“It’s tough and when the wind blows and the sand hits the court, it feels like it’s 10 times faster.
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“I’m trying my best and am happy to beat a great opponent. I played well and performed really consistently.”

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The opening four games were shared, before Dimitrov’s serve broke down, leading to a double fault to give Medvedev a decisive break in the first set.
Medvedev had three set points at 5–3 but failed to take them and then held serve to win the first set in 36 minutes.

This year’s Australian Open runner-up looked like he was going to win easily when he was broken in the third game of the second set, but Dimitrov showed some fight back.

However, unforced errors again appeared in Dimitrov’s game and he got broken again due to a double fault, which again proved costly as Medvedev went ahead 4-3 and this time the Russian held serve and served straight. Won in sets.

Ruan Medvedev comes back from the brink to prepare for the clash

In his subsequent match on Wednesday, Roon came back from a set down and saved a match point to beat former champion Taylor Fritz 2-6, 7-6(2) 6-3 to book a quarter-final clash with Medvedev. Did.

When 2022 winner Fritz went up 5-4 and 40-30 in the next set, Rune surrendered the opening set in 32 minutes and looked down for the count, but not before the seventh-seeded Dane forced a tiebreak. Made an important catch.

The 20-year-old set out to level the contest at one set apiece and broke her American rival for the first time with some explosive shot-making to lead 3-1 in the deciding set.

With Fritz languishing in the California desert, Rune completed the comeback by closing out the match on serve, hitting back with a blazing forehand winner.

“It was crazy,” Rune said. “I really just stayed in the moment and kept fighting, trying to play better point by point, and I managed to raise my level surprisingly at the end of the second set, which meant Everything was there for the match.”

“He was controlling it in the first set and for a long time in the second too, so I’m glad I could keep fighting. I was confident I would find my rhythm at some point. It was on the edge but I was able to keep fighting.” Managed to find it, which was good.”

Rune, who split two career meetings with Medvedev last year, said he will go into the last eight at full strength.

“I’m a player that’s going to attack. I don’t care who I play with, I’m going to attack anyway,” Rune said.

“It’s a completely different match to today against Daniil.
The only similarity between them and Fritz is the big service. Fritz is closer to the baseline while Medvedev is further away.”

Rood ends Monfils’ race

Elsewhere, Casper Ruud ended Frenchman Gael Monfils’ run in Indian Wells with a marathon 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 win and will meet Tommy Paul in the quarters after the American was the lucky loser. Brought back Luca Nardi. Prithvi won in straight sets

After struggling to overcome Athletic Monfils in the opening set, the ninth-seeded Norwegian became more aggressive in a tight second set and advanced in the tiebreak.


Ruud eventually broke his 37-year-old rival in the deciding set to take a 3-1 lead and reach the finals.

“I felt physically good and prepared,” said Ruud, who has yet to win an ATP Masters event.

“The second set was really tough, luckily it went in my favor. I saved a few break points there and held enough in the tiebreak.”
A good moment came when Monfils walked to the service line trailing 3-5 in the third and the crowd rose to its feet to cheer on their favorite fan, who smiled widely and shook his head in appreciation before serving. Waved the racket.

After a stunning win over world number one Novak Djokovic on Monday, Nardi was given a dose of reality by Paul, who hit five aces and never held serve on the way to a business-like victory 6-4, 6-3. Didn’t lose.

The 20-year-old Italian hailed his victory over his idol Djokovic in the previous round as a “miracle” but his luck has worsened against hometown hero Paul, who has won just one match in five meetings with Ruud.

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