Russian Daniil Medvedev suffered a rare elimination on Wednesday against Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 1000 at the Masters XNUMX in Indian Wells.
Medvedev, the tournament's top seed, was the victim of a spectacular comeback by Dimitrov, who took the victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The Russian, winner of the US Open a month ago, pocketed the first set with authority and dominated the second 4-1 when Dimitrov chained an unusual eight games in a row that took Medvedev from astonishment to fury, which he paid for by crashing his racket against the floor.
"I do not remember losing service four games in a row on hard court, that speaks of how slow this court is," Medvedev told the press video conference about the conditions in the desert Indian Wells (California).
The world number two had the big favorite poster after his shocking victory against Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, where he won his long-awaited first Grand Slam title.
With the defeat of Medvedev, the two winners of Flushing Meadows are left out of Indian Wells, as young British Emma Raducanu was dismounted on her debut by Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Dimitrov, whose eighth and last ATP trophy dates from 2017, will face in the quarterfinals Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, eighth seed and champion of the past Masters 1000 in Miami, who defeated Russian Aslan Karatsev (23rd) by 6- 1 and 6-3.