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Patna : World No 28 Grigor Dimitrov, 30, Bulgaria, handed a shock defeat in a three-set thriller lasting 2hr 14 minutes to top seed & World No 2 Daniil Medvedev, 25, Russia, men’s singles Round of 16 of Indian Wells Masters at Indian Wells, California, USA, on October 14, 2021, to reach quarter-finals of the tournament.
23rd Seed Dimitrov, a former Top 10 player, beat Medvedev 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 rallying back from one set down in Round of 16. The Bulgarian won 6 break points during the match to 5 bythe the Russian. He also won 8 games in a row during the match to 3 by Medvedev. Dimitrov committed 5 double faults to 6 by the Russian World No 2. Medvedev though fired 5 Aces in the match to just 1 by the Bulgarian.
Dimitrov will face 8th seed Hubert Hurkacz, 24, Poland, in QF on October 15, 2021. World No 12 Hurkacz brushed aside 19th seed Aslan Karatsev, 28, Russia, in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 on October 13, 2021, late night, in Round of 16 winning 5 games in a row during the match. The Pole also won 5 break points during the match to 1 by World No 23 Karatsev, who committed 5 double faults.