Daniel Medvedev. (Photo by Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)
United States Open Champion Daniel Medvedev “Put the pressure on” for his 50th win of the season on the ATP / WTA Tour in Indian Wells. Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) in the third round Monday night.
The 25-year-old Russian delivered a dynamic performance in a second-set tiebreaker to pull away from the Serbian and increase his game record to 50-10 this season.
“It was a really tough game,” Medvedev told AFP. “The first set, I was lucky in a few moments. The second set, I started well, but he raised his level.
“I’m happy that I managed to fight on every point and have a tie-break. I was super strong in the tie-break and I really put the pressure on.”
World number 2 Medvedev will advance to the round of 16 where he will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who overtook American Reilly Opelka 6-3, 6-4 on a blustery day.
Medvedev is ranked second in the world since the start of the year and says his goal is to someday be No.1, held by Novak Djokovic. Medvedev beat him in the US Open final.
“Since I was six, I dreamed of being number one,” Medvedev said. “But he’s the real No.1 this year. He’s won three Grand Slam tournaments. That’s the reality.
“It’s one of my goals. I just need to win a lot of matches and Grand Slams.”
The game was delayed about an hour in Medvedev’s night session before the start of the game after heavy rains and gusts of wind swept through the Palm Springs, Calif., Area.
The worst of the bad weather happened in the middle of the first game of the night between Coco Gauff and Paula Badosa.
The action resumed after a small army of volunteers helped dry out the main field of the Tennis Garden stadium.
Organizers then had to change the schedule, postpone some doubles matches and move others to empty pitches to get them started earlier.
Medvedev beat Djokovic in the US Open final last month to prevent the Serbian from becoming the first man since legendary Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.
In his US Open victory speech, Medvedev said he forgot to give his wife a birthday present. He said on Monday that winning a first Grand Slam title was all she asked for.
“I love my wife,” he said. “She played tennis until she was 18. We have a saying in Russian – a boat in the trip. It was a better gift for her, than even for me, that I won the US Open. “
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman beat Briton Daniel Evans 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 and Norwegian Casper Ruud rallied to beat South African Lloyd Harris 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4.
On the women’s side, seed Karolina Pliskova and defending champion Bianca Andreescu both lost.
Pliskova lost in straight sets to non-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3, 7-5 in a third round match.
Playing on one of the outdoor courts, Brazil’s Haddad Maia took a 3-1 lead in the second set before the Czech resumed her game.
Haddad Maia hit back, winning the match on her second set point when Pliskova missed a backhand from the top of her racquet.
Lucky loser Haddad Maia will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the round of 16.
The hot Kontaveit continued his good race by eliminating Andreescu 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.
18th-ranked Kontaveit extended her winning streak to eight straight games and continued to dominate Andreescu, winning all three career games against the Canadian.
“I feel great on the pitch,” said Kontaveit, 25. “I have a lot of confidence.”
Indian Wells ATP and WTA tournament results Monday (x indicates standings):
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x1) vs. Filip Krajinovic (SRB x27) 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG x11) vs. Dan Evans (GBR x18) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
Casper Ruud (NOR x6) bt Lloyd Harris (RSA x26) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x23) bt Reilly Opelka (USA x16) 6-3, 6-4
Aslan Karatsev (RUS x19) bt Denis Shapovalov (CAN x9) 7-5, 6-2
Hubert Hurkacz (POL x8) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-3, 6-2
Tommy Paul (United States) with Andrey Rublev (RUS x4) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Cameron Norrie (GBR x21) with Roberto Bautista (ESP x15) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x1) 6-3, 7-5
Anett Kontaveit (EST x18) with Bianca Andreescu (CAN x16) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Ons Jabeur (TUN x12) bt Danielle Collins (USA x22) 6-1, 6-3
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) with Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Angelique Kerber (GER x10) bt Daria Kasatkina (RUS x20) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Tamara Zidanšek (SLO x26) 6-4, 6-3
Paula Badosa (ESP) v Cori Gauff (United States) 6-2, 6-2
Barbora Krejcíková (CZE x3) against Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-2, 6-3