Daniil Medvedev blames his loss at Indian Wells on slower courts

Top seed Daniil Medvedev’s run at the Indian Wells Masters 2021 came to an end against 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated him 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.

As a result, the Russian World No.2 made a comparison between the Indian Wells courts and clay courts. Notably, he also predicted that his opponent will win the championship this year.

Medvedev was up 6-4, 4-1 in the second set at one stage in the contest. Dimitrov, on the other hand, won 11 of the last 14 games, causing the biggest upset in the desert so far.

As a result, he persuaded the Russian that he is capable of winning his second ATP Masters 1000 title.

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Daniil Medvedev. Source: philstar.com

Medvedev talks about his loss at Indian Wells

Most importantly, if Daniil Medvedev, the reigning US Open winner, had gone all the way in Indian Wells, he would have had a chance to become World No. 1.

As a result, his hopes of displacing Novak Djokovic from the top echelon may be dashed.

Medvedev also admitted that he loves faster courts, therefore the desert courts gave him no benefit.

That’s why he blamed the court speed for his game’s utter breakdown in the second set’s second half.

“I’ve never been broken three consecutive times on hard courts before,” Medvedev said. 

“This shows how slow the courts are. Like clay.”

Aside from that, the 25-year-old Russian gave little to his opponent. Medvedev, on the other hand, has chosen Grigor Dimitrov as the winner of the Indian Wells tournament this year.

“Dimitrov played better than any of my opponents at the USO. He will win Indian Wells playing like this,” Medvedev concluded.

From here on out, the Russian may place a greater emphasis on tournaments rather than the ATP Rankings. Djokovic, of course, has a good chance of finishing the year on a high note.

Medvedev was a late bloomer in the 2020 season, winning the last two tournaments in a row. As a result, he’ll defend his titles at the Paris Masters 1000 and the ATP Finals this year.

The Russian has already qualified for the year-ending championships in Turin, which is unsurprising.

However, given his recent setback, defending these titles may prove more difficult than anticipated.

Above all, Medvedev is hungry to win and is ready to give it his best. Let’s see if he can defend his two crowns from the previous year.

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