Grigor Dimitrov outlived seed Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, extending the parade of surprises that knocked out several top players.
Medvedev’s loss left the combined ATP and WTA tournament without its top two male and female seeds. Karolina Pliskova lost in the third round and the No.2 Iga Swiatek came out in the fourth round.
Dimitrov rallied around a set and a double break to upset US Open champion Medvedev who was chasing his fifth title of the year. The 23-seeded Dimitrov earned his first victory against a Top 2 player since 2016, when he defeated Andy Murray in Miami.
No.2 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No.3 Alexander Zverev played nightly matches in the Southern California desert.
Dimitrov reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for the first time, where he will meet number 8 Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated 19th-seeded Asian Karatsev, 6-1, 6-3.
“I’ve always wanted to do well here,” Dimitrov said.
“I felt like I had had so many chances over the years. I lost some really close matches, match point matches and everything. I was very determined.
Medvedev won the US Open last month and was aiming for his fifth title of the year. He took control from the start, connecting 80% of his first serves in the first set. The Russian took a 4-1 lead in the second set before
Dimitrov began to turn the tide in front of a sparse crowd.
“He definitely flipped the switch,” Medvedev said.
“If he plays like that like he did from 4-1, he’s going to win the tournament.”
Dimitrov played five straight games to win the second set and even the game. The Bulgarian loaded the net and ended the match with Medvedev’s forehand who sailed for a long time.
“He was the guy who played everyone’s best and always found a way,” Dimitrov said.
“It was a big, big game for me to win. But that’s not the end. It’s just another game at the same time. I have to stay focused and I have to watch what lies ahead and move on. the front.
Medvedev has fallen to 18-2 in North America in his last five tournaments. He won in Toronto, reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati, won the US Open and then helped Team Europe beat Team World in the Laver Cup in Boston. He is 50-11 in games this year and is reconsidering his intention to play in his hometown of Moscow next week.
“I really want to do it, but yeah, I have to take care of my body,” Medvedev said.
“I felt exhausted this tournament.”
In the women’s quarter-finals, former world number one Victoria Azarenka defeated American Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-2. The 2016 tournament champion Azarenka will then face the winner of a nighttime match between No.24 Jelena Ostapenko and American Shelby Rogers.
11th Diego Schwartzman, 21st Cameron Norrie, 29th Nikoloz Basilashvili and American Taylor Fritz also reached the quarter-finals.
Schwartzman defeated sixth seed Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3. Norrie ended the hopes of American Tommy Paul with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory. Basilashvili defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (6). Fritz, who grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended the tournament often as a youth, beat No.10 Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-3.