Dimitrov sends home to Indian Wells favorite

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Brakes Medvedev in pursuit of his sixth championship

Grigor Dimitrov edged first seed Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 yesterday in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, extending the parade of surprises that has eliminated several of the best players.

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Medvedev’s defeat left the combined ATP and WTA tournament without its top two seeded men and women. Karolina Pliskova lost in the third round and number two, Iga Swiatek, went home after the fourth round.

Dimitrov rallied from a set and double break point to surprise Medvedev, the US Open champion who was chasing his fifth title of the year. Dimitrov, the 23rd seed, scored his first win over a top 2 player since 2016, when he beat Andy Murray in Miami.

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Number two, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, and number three, Russian Alexander Zverev, had night games scheduled in the southern California desert.

Dimitrov reached the quarterfinals in Indian Wells for the first time, where he will meet eighth, Hubert Hurkacz, who beat the Asian Karatsev, seeded 19, 6-1, 6-3.

In turn, Argentine Diego Schwartzman qualified for the quarterfinals after beating Norwegian Casper Ruud by a double 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes.

Schwartzman, the eleventh seed and number fifteen in the world, successfully beat Ruud, the sixth favorite of the tournament and who is currently ranked ten in the ATP ranking.

The Argentine will face the winner of the match between Britain’s Cameron Norrie and American Tommy Paul in the next round. Schwartzman began the match with great aggression and energy, and broke Ruud’s serve in the first game of the match.— EFE

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