Indian Wells: Dimitrov stuns Medvedev in epic comeback
Grigor Dimitrov produced the 2021 Indian Wells tournament surprise on Wednesday, beating seed Daniil Medvedev from a set and a double breakdown.
Trailing 6-4 4-1, Dimitrov won eight straight games to take control of the game against the wayward US Open champion before winning 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Already enjoying his best performance in the California desert, Dimitrov is in his first ATP Masters quarter-final of the season and will go on to play the No. 8 seed. Hubert Hurkacz.
Hurkacz, who sidelined Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3, remains on track for a version of the “Sunshine Double” after winning the Miami Open six months ago.
In other results, Diego schwartzman upset fit sixth seed Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3 and will play Briton Cameron Norrie, who sealed his place in the quarter-finals after a three-set victory over Tommy Paul.
Women’s quarter-final, headlining the great champions Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko, takes place later Wednesday.
Dimitrov wins biggest win since 2016
Medvedev’s first serve abandoned him as Dimitrov started his comeback 4-1 in the second set.
He landed less than 30% of the first serves in that set as his game and his confidence seemed to be plummeting.
Dimitrov showed superior ability to hit through slow hard court and also, notably, won the majority of longer rallies against Medvedev, highly regarded for his defensive skills.
Dimitrov took a 5-1 lead in the third set and unleashed a flurry of forehand winners when he served for the game on his second attempt.
CALIFORNIAN RETURN ð
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âI really try to enjoy the times when I can be here on the pitch and stay humble and work. And I think that’s the only thing you can do and control,â Dimitrov said.
âAt the moment, I just have a lot of gratitude for my game, for my team, for my work and the effort that I put in.
“So I think when you put it all together you start to enjoy the game a little bit more, and winning and losing doesn’t seem like that much pressure.”
Medvedev’s nine-game winning streak ends; he hadn’t lost since his fall to Andrey Rublev in the Cincinnati semifinals in August.
The world No.2 is the highest ranked player Dimitrov has beaten in five and a half years, dating back to when he eclipsed Andy Murray, second in the third round of the 2016 Miami Open.