On an uneven afternoon in the American desert, the tennis player Daniil Medvedev (2nd) fell 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (28th) in two hours and 16 minutes of play, he was eliminated in the second round of Indian Wells and gave a little help to Novak Djokovic, who will continue at the top of the ATP rankings.
After reaching 50 victories in the season, the tenth consecutive, the 25-year-old Muscovite, the last champion of the US Open, dreamed of continuing his devastating walk, being crowned in the California Masters 1000 and becoming the king of the world. Nevertheless, the Haskovo-born gritted his teeth at the right moment and became the star of the day: after giving up in the first set and finding himself 1-4 down in the second set, the former number 3 on the planet, favored by an erratic performance by Gilles Cervara’s pupil, performed as in his best times, celebrated in 11 of the 14 following partial, eight in a row, and he took the match.
In this way, the 198-centimeter right-hander, owner of 13 titles in his showcases, missed his unprecedented opportunity to become the owner of the circuit for the first time in his career: He had to lift the championship in California and wait for the Serbian to not appear at the ATP 500 in Vienna, which will be held at the end of October.
It should be remembered that Dimitrov will face Pole Hubert Hurkacz (12th), who beat Russian Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-3 on Wednesday.
The Russian had to be champion to reach the top. Now the picture for him was dark.
In the remainder of the season, Medvedev (he will have 9630 points this Monday) will have to defend his 90 points in Vienna (quarterfinals), 45 in Saint Petersburg (round of 16), 1000 in Paris, 1000 in Shanghai 2019 (champion in both) and 1500 in the ATP Finals (champion), totaling 2635.
For its part, Djokovic (11430) will do the same with his 90 units in Vienna (quarter-finals), 180 in Shanghai (quarter-finals in 2019), 1000 in Paris (2019 champion) and 400 in the ATP Finals (semifinal), completing 1670.