Daniil Medvedev has been simply outstanding in the past few months. He thrashed all his opponents one after the other at the US Open and registered his first-ever Grand Slam title win. Such was his domination that he thrashed World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Evidently, when Medvedev stepped into the Indian Wells Open, all eyes were on him as everyone expected the top-seeded player to deliver his best. He started off in great fashion and was defeating his opponents with relative ease. However, in the fourth-round clash, he was shocked by Grigor Dimitrov.
‘I don’t think this would happen in a Grand Slam’: Daniil Medvedev
Dimitrov dropped the first-set and the game looked overwhelmingly in favor of Medvedev. Even in the second set, Medvedev started off brilliantly. While the Russian was cruising towards an easy win with a lead of 4-1 in the second set, Dimitrov decided to go beast mode.
He completely cornered Medvedev in the second set and went on to script a historic win by winning the deciding set without much hassle. Praising his opponent after the game, Medvedev said, “If he plays like this, like the way he played me from 4-1, then he is going to win the tournament.”
“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. 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,” Medvedev went on to add. However, the World No. 2 also claimed that something like this would not have happened at 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. Without a doubt, Dimitrov’s emphatic win by 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Medvedev would give him a lot of confidence moving further into the tournament.
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