Dimitrov stuns Medvedev, of absent Minaur | Canberra weather

Daniil Medvedev has pulled out of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, with Grigor Dimitrov staging a spectacular retaliation to secure the seeded victory. Dimitrov led a set and a double break before reversing the game to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3. The recently crowned US Open champion, Medvedev had been in dominant form since his decisive victory at Flushing Meadows and nothing looked set to change as he won the first set and took a 4-1 lead in the second. But inexplicably, the Russian lost his reach and Dimitrov won eight games in a row not only to tie the game, but to establish a solid advantage in the decider. “He definitely flipped the switch,” Medvedev said. “If he plays like that like he did from 4-1, he’s going to win the tournament.” The Bulgarian duly served his love to secure his first victory over one of the top two since 2016 and seal his place in the quarter-finals. “I’ve always wanted to do well here,” Dimitrov said. “I felt like I had so many chances over the years. I lost some really close games, match point games and everything. I was very determined.” He will next face Hubert Hurkacz after Poland’s eighth seed knocked out Russia’s Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3. No.22 seed Alex de Minaur, the last Australian in the men’s draw, put on a valiant display before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The No.2 seed lost the first-set tiebreaker 7-3, but then rebounded to win the next set by the same score, before scoring the third to win 6-2. The match lasted nearly two hours 45 minutes, with the Greek shooting seven aces and converting five out of 10 points. No.3 seed Alexander Zverev had much less trouble winning against Frenchman Gaël Monfils. The German beat the No. 14 seed 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Taylor Fritz, winner 6-4 6-3 over Jannik Sinner. Cameron Norrie reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 for the first time beating Tommy Paul 6-4 4-6 6-2, to come close to one more victory by replacing Dan Evans as Britain’s No.1 . The man he needs to beat to achieve this feat is 11th seed Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Norway’s sixth seed Casper Rudd 6-3 6-3. Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili counted on Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (8-6) to advance from the fourth round. Associated Australian Press


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