Grigor Dimitrov outlasted the US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.
Indian Wells, USA: Grigor Dimitrov outlasted the US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.
With this glorifying win, Grigor has moved a step forward in the ladder at Indian wells and will now fight its first quarterfinals against no. 8 Hubert Hurkacz, who beat 19th-seeded Asian Karatsev 6-1, 6-3.
The defeat of world no. 2 ranked Medvedev has elongated the list of top-seeded players being knocked out of the combined tournament of ATP and WTP. Karolina Pliskova lost in the third round. No. 2 Iga Swiatek went out in the fourth round.
This is Bulgarian's first win over a Top-2 player since 2016 when he had beaten Andrey Murray. He ran off five straight games to take the second set and even the match.
“I always wanted to do well out here,” Dimitrov said.
“I felt like I had so many changes throughout the years. I’ve lost very close matches, matches from match points and everything. I was very determined.”
Grigor further said, “It was a great, great match for me to win. But that's not the end. That's just another match at the same time. I got to stay focused and I got to look what's ahead of me and move forward".
The Russian had built a 4-1 lead before Grigor turned the table around in the front of the crowd which was left in awe at the spectacular sight. Medvedev was chasing his fifth title of the year when he got knocked out of the game by the player who is setting his eyes on the title.
The losing participant, Medvedev, said in a positive statement for Grigor "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 and if he plays like this, like the way he played me from 4-1, then he is going to win the tournament".
Medvedev has won 50 matched this year and considers this match as a minor setback given that this is not 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 said.