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Medvedev despatched packing in fourth spherical of Indian Wells

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Men's Singles - Round 3 - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - July 28, 2021. Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his third round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy

Daniil Medvedev (file photo) REUTERS

Daniil Medvedev was knocked out in the fourth round of Indian Wells by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday as the world number two’s near-flawless start turned nightmarish in a 4-6 6-4 6-3 defeat.

Medvedev broke Dimitrov’s serve to open the match, easing through a near-perfect first set in which he won all but four of his first-serve points and fired off three aces with just five unforced errors.

The Russian, who won his maiden major title at the U.S. Open last month, was up two breaks in the second set and seemingly on track for an easy victory.

But Dimitrov came roaring back, winning five games in a row to wrest control of the momentum as Medvedev unravelled, converting on break point to close out the second set, before winning another three games in a row to open the third.

Down 15-40 and 4-1, Medvedev’s frustrations boiled over as he missed a first serve and angrily flung his racquet to the ground. He then double faulted, handing Dimitrov the break.

Medvedev broke back and then held serve, but it was too late, as the world number 28 completed the stunning comeback in the following game, before thrusting his arms aloft in triumph.

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