The 27-year-old Russian, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 winner from Ilya Ivashka (85th), was a bit chafing during and after the match and again drew criticism for the slow pitch.
Aggressive, the 2021 US Open winner started the meeting strong. But he suffered from exchanges after that, when the Belarusian raised his game level, at the same time as the wind picked up.
After losing the second set, he asked for a locker room break, warning, angrily:
And I’ll be as slow as pitch, so I’ll take 25 minutes…. Faced with the rejection of the ruling, he appealed:
No, no, but the court is slow so I’m taking my time.
The break lasted only a few minutes and Medvedev finished with a bang.
happy to pass. It’s always hard to play here, and it’s hard to do something during rallies. It’s just a matter of who plays the most important points better. I was able to do better in the third setcommented.
A decent guy at the moment, who won three titles in a row in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai, Medvedev never made it past the knockout rounds in the California desert.
He’ll have a chance against Zverev,
Who plays better and better every weekis without.
As for Casper Rudd (fourth), he won the fourth place with a score of 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) by Chilean Cristian Garin (97th place), who will face Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich (28th place).
This poor performance underscores the difficulties faced by the Norwegian, who reached the finals of the four Grand Slams last year, from the start of the season. His record is starving in 2023: four wins and five losses.
On Monday afternoon, Kipcare will face Argentina’s Francisco Sirondolo, Félix Auger-Aliassime.
Among the women, Jessica Pegula (3rd) and Maria Sakkari (7th) battled it out to advance to the Round of 16.
The American ended up overthrowing the Russian Anastasia Potapova (28) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, and the Greek did the same 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the expense of the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (29). .
For Coco Jove (6th), it was even more swift, as she knocked out Czech Linda Noskova (54th) with a score of 6-4, 6-3.
And for Aryna Sabalenka (second), the winner of the last major tournament in Australia, it was even simpler: her Ukrainian rival Lesya Tsurenko (95th) withdrew.
for personal reasons.
Gabriela Dabrowski continues her doubles journey
Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and fellow Brazilian Luisa Stefani easily defeated Asia Muhammad and Ana Danielina 6-1 6-3 on Sunday in the first round of the women’s doubles in Indian Wells.
Dabrowski and Stephanie were particularly effective in the 61-minute encounter, completing five of their seven break opportunities.
They also win 74.2% of their first serve points.
Meanwhile, Mohamed and Danilina double-faulted four times and won just 58.1% of their first-ball kicks. The two players converted only one break chance.
Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Aliassime made it to the quarter-finals automatically, as their opponents on Sunday’s schedule, Cameron Norrie and Lucas Midler, decided not to duel.
With information from The Canadian Press
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