Oct 13 (Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev was knocked out in the fourth round of Indian Wells by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday because the world quantity two’s near-flawless begin turned nightmarish in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 defeat.
Medvedev broke Dimitrov’s serve to open the match, easing by means of a near-perfect first set in which he gained all however 4 of his first-serve factors and fired off three aces with simply 5 unforced errors.
The Russian, who gained his maiden main title on the U.S. Open final month, was up two breaks in the second set and seemingly on observe for a simple victory.
But Dimitrov got here roaring again, successful 5 video games in a row to wrest management of the momentum as Medvedev unravelled, changing on break level to shut out the second set, earlier than successful one other three video games in a row to open the third.
Down 15-40 and 4-1, Medvedev’s frustrations boiled over as he missed a primary serve and angrily flung his racquet to the bottom. He then double faulted, handing Dimitrov the break.
Medvedev broke again after which held serve, nevertheless it was too late, because the world quantity 28 accomplished the beautiful comeback in the next recreation, earlier than thrusting his arms aloft in triumph.
Editing by Toby Davis