Daniil Medvedev loses for the first time since defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.
Daniil Medvedev was defeated in three sets by Grigor Dimitrov in Indian Wells, his first loss since winning the US Open.
As he lost his first loss since becoming a Grand Slam winner, Daniil Medvedev shattered his racket in rage. The world No. 2 was in fine form at the US Open, when he ended Novak Djokovic’s bid for history in the final, and carried that strength into Indian Wells before succumbing to a set and a double break deficit. Grigor Dimitrov, the world No. 28, stunned the top seed in the fourth round by winning 11 of the last 14 games.
Since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last month, Medvedev has been in excellent form.
The world No. 2 destroyed Djokovic’s aspirations of becoming the first man to win a Calendar Grand Slam in 52 years, as the Serb was one match away from becoming the first man to do so in 52 years.
A victory in the US Open final would have given the world No. 1 a record 21st Grand Slam title, putting him ahead of rivals Federer and Nadal, but the Russian won 6-4 6-4 6-4.
He extended his strong form into Indian Wells, a postponed Masters 1000 event normally held in March, when he was seeded first.
Medvedev received a bye into the second round and did not drop a set on his way to the last 16, where he faced Grigor Dimitrov, the former world No. 3 and 2017 ATP Finals champion.
The Bulgarian has been off of form recently, with his most recent statement win coming in the quarter-finals of the 2019 US Open, where he overcame Roger Federer in five sets.
The top seed got off to a solid start, leading by a set and 4-1 with a double break in the second set, before losing the next eight games in a row due to a shift in momentum.
Dimitrov won the second set 6-4 to force a decider, and he swiftly went up a break in the third set.
As he faced break points while serving at 1-4 in the decisive, Medvedev, who came into the event as the favorite, looked a shell of his former self.
He broke his racket in rage after missing a first serve at 15-40. “Brinkwire News Summary.”