Reigning US Open champion Daniel Medvedev joined the rising list of top seeded deaths in the ATP / WTA Indian Wells on Wednesday, beating world number 28 Gregor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6 in the fourth round. Lost by 3.
Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last month, did not lose a set in the fourth round but dropped eight straight games, and his serve against Dimitrov was broken six times. Top badge in the way of early exit.
“I don’t remember losing three service games, even four service games on the hard courts,” Medvedev said.
“It shows how slow this court is and the situation, like mud, which I don’t like. It’s unacceptable to lose four times. That’s why I lost the (second) seat.”
World No. 2 Medvedev did not take a break after his emotional US Open win, saying that perhaps his busy schedule was finally done with him.
“I felt tired in this tournament. Now I can say it. I couldn’t say it before my matches. Some physical things have come up. Djokovic.
Medvedev won the first set, took a 4-1 lead in the second and another easy victory when the wheels went down.
Medvedev had no answer to Dimitrov’s way of playing and predicted that Bulgaria would possibly win the title.
“If he plays the way he played me 4-1, he’s going to win the tournament,” Medvedev said.
“He played better than anyone in the second half of the US Open. It’s not like I gave him the match.”
The match turned into the sixth game of the second set as Dimitrov broke Medvedev’s serve for the second time in the set to reduce Russia’s lead to 4-2.
Dimitrov kept the service in the next game and then broke Medvedev’s serve twice more and set the stage for a dominant performance in the third.
Bulgaria closed the match at the first match point, when Medvedev made a long blast to the forehand.
“I was watching a lot of his matches,” Dimitrov said of Medvedev. “I really wanted to play this match to be completely honest.” What he has accomplished in the last year and a half is amazing. I think it really makes me better. “
Dimitrov will face eighth-seeded Hubert Herz of Poland, who defeated Russia’s Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Medvedev, 25, defeated Djokovic in the US Open final last month to prevent the Serbian star from becoming the first man to win all four Grand Slams in the same year since the legendary Rod Lever in the 1960s.
On Wednesday, Medvedev made six double errors in a two-hour, 15-minute match at Central Stadium.
Medvedev, who won 50 matches in 2021, called it a minor setback because the event is not a Grand Slam.
“I don’t see it as the end of the world,” he said. I don’t think it will be in any Grand Slam.
This is the second time Dimitrov has beaten Medvedev in five career matches. The last time they won their first match in London in 2017 was by three sets.
In the second match of the men’s fourth round on Wednesday, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Alex de Manor of Australia 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 and Germany’s third. Seed Alexander Xavier defeated France. Gail Monfils 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes
In the women’s draw, two-time winner Victoria Azarenka won her ticket straight to the semifinals – 6-4, 6-2 – over Jessica Pegola.
Azarenka, the only female and men’s player to win in Indian Wells, won the title in 2012 and 2016.
The 32-year-old from Belarus needed 94 minutes to finish the American Pugola race and reach the last four of the event for the fourth time in his career.
“I played really well in the crucial moments,” Azarenka said. “I felt like I took a big step forward on that occasion. I’m very happy with that today.”
Azarenka’s next match will be against Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the women’s final.