Reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev joined the rising record of top-seed casualties on the ATP/WTA Indian Wells on Wednesday, dropping within the fourth spherical to world No. 28 Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Medvedev, who received his first Grand Slam title final month at Flushing Meadows, had not misplaced a set heading into the fourth spherical however dropped eight straight video games, and had his serve damaged six instances towards Dimitrov, en path to a shocking early exit for the highest seed.
“I don’t remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever on hard courts,” Medvedev mentioned.
“That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay, which I don’t like. To lose four times the serve is just unacceptable. That’s why I lost the (second) set.”
World No 2 Medvedev didn’t take a break after his emotional US Open victory and mentioned his busy schedule might have lastly caught up with him.
“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,” mentioned Medvedev, who’s hoping to finally overtake world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev received the primary set, was up 4-1 within the second and gave the impression to be cruising to a different straightforward victory when the wheels got here off: his unforced errors mounted and repair recreation fell flat.
Medvedev had no solutions for the best way Dimitrov was enjoying and predicted the Bulgarian would doubtless go on to seize the title.
“If he plays like this, like the way he played me from 4-1, then he is going to win the tournament,” Medvedev mentioned.
“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.”
The match turned within the sixth recreation of the second set as Dimitrov broke Medvedev’s serve for the second time within the set to chop the Russian’s result in 4-2.
Dimitrov held serve within the subsequent recreation after which broke Medvedev’s serve twice extra to take the set and lay the inspiration for a dominating efficiency within the third.
The Bulgarian closed out the match on the primary match level, when Medvedev blasted a forehand lengthy.
“Been watching quite a bit of his matches,” Dimitrov mentioned of Medvedev. “I really wanted to play this match to be completely honest. What he has been able to accomplish this past year and a half is pretty amazing. I think it really pushes me also to do better.”
Dimitrov will face Polish eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz, who rolled over Russian Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-Three on Wednesday within the quarter-finals.
The 25-year-old Medvedev beat Djokovic within the US Open last final month to stop the Serbian star from turning into the primary man because the legendary Rod Laver within the 1960s to win all 4 Grand Slams in the identical 12 months.
On Wednesday, Medvedev made six double faults within the two hour, 15 minute match in the primary stadium.
Medvedev, who has received 50 matches in 2021, described this as a minor setback as a result of this occasion isn’t 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,” he mentioned.
This is the second time Dimitrov has overwhelmed Medvedev in 5 profession conferences. The final time was a three-set win of their first encounter in 2017 in London.
In different males’s fourth-round matches on Wednesday, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Australian Alex De Minaur 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 and third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany overpowered France’s Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-Three in simply 61 minutes.
In the ladies’s draw, two-time winner Victoria Azarenka punched her ticket to the semi-finals with a straight-sets win — 6-4, 6-2 — over Jessica Pegula.
Azarenka, who’s the one participant left within the ladies’s and males’s fields to have received in Indian Wells, captured the title in 2012 and 2016.
The 32-year-old from Belarus wanted 94 minutes to finish the run of American Pegula and reach the ultimate 4 of this occasion for the fourth time in her profession.
“I really played well in the crucial moments,” Azarenka mentioned. “I felt like I stepped up to the occasion a lot. That’s what I’m really happy with today.”
Azarenka will subsequent face Jelena Ostapenko for a spot within the ladies’s last.