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Norrie through to quarter-finals in Indian Wells I Medvedev out

Cameron Norrie moves to within one win of replacing Dan Evans as the British No 1 after reaching the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells; top seed Daniil Medvedev crashes out to Grigor Dimitrov

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Cameron Norrie defeated Tommy Paul to set up a quarter-final meeting with Diego Schwartzman

Cameron Norrie defeated Tommy Paul to set up a quarter-final meeting with Diego Schwartzman

Cameron Norrie made it through to the quarter-final of a Masters 1000 event for the first time, while top seed Daniil Medvedev crashed out.

The British No 2 defeated Tommy Paul at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, overcoming the American in three sets to reach the last eight with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 victory.

“I’m going and just playing, and I think a big part of that is on my serve. I’m hitting the spot better in the bigger moments and being able to play on my terms in the bigger moments,” said Norrie.

“All the way through this year I have been playing great in big moments, and I have come good a lot of the time. I know I’ve got that in the bank, and there is a good chance throughout the year I have been doing it, so I have the confidence to do it again.”

Norrie broke serve early on in the first set before a string of errors from Paul gifted his opponent a second successive break of serve.

Norrie surged into a 4-1 lead but Paul got a break back to move within one game of the Briton, who held his nerve to serve out the set.

An exchange of breaks in the second set saw it go down to the wire before being decided by the American breaking serve in the 10th game to take the set and level up the match.

There were also early breaks of serve each in the deciding set before Norrie surged clear to take the win, moving him to within one more victory of replacing Dan Evans as the British No 1.

Top seed Medvedev crashed out after a three-set defeat to Grigor Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian staged a spectacular fightback from a set and a double-break down to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3 as the newly-crowned US Open champion’s game collapsed.

“I don’t remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever, I guess, on hard courts,” said Medvedev.

“That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay, I would say, which I don’t like, because to lose four times the serve is just unacceptable.”

Diego Schwartzman is also through to the quarter-finals after a 6-3 6-3 win against Casper Rudd, while there was also a straight-sets victory for Hubert Hurkacz who overcame Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3.

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Roger Federer names ‘nice’ aspect of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev

Roger Federer names 'nice' aspect of Novak Djokovic's US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev

“I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again.

“We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.

“We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional.”

Although Djokovic and Federer remain level for now, the Serb holds the age advantage which makes it highly likely he will pull away as the all-time Grand Slam leader in the future.

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Roger Federer names ‘nice’ aspect of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev wins US Open to deny Novak Djokovic calendar Grand Slam

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Roger Federer claims that one of the brightest elements of Novak Djokovic’s US Open final defeat to Daniil Medvedev was seeing legend Rod Laver watching on from the stands. The beaten finalist was aiming to equal a feat achieved by Laver back in the 1960s when he held all four Grand Slam titles simultaneously in a single year.

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Laver won a total of 11 Grand Slams during his illustrious career, as well as achieving the calendar Grand Slam most recently in 1969.

In 2016, Djokovic became the first man since Laver to hold all titles simultaneously, although he aimed to go one better in 2021 by holding all available Grand Slam titles within a single year.

He achieved success at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and, most difficult of all, the French Open, but fell agonisingly short by losing out in the final at Flushing Meadows.

His straight-sets defeat to Medvedev, 6-4 6-4 6-4, ensured that the 34-year-old stayed level with both Federer and Rafa Nadal on a total of 20 Grand Slams each.


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That was not the prime reason the Swiss found joy in witnessing Medvedev’s maiden Grand Slam title, however.

“For me, Rod Laver is an absolute, true legend of the game and not only him but his whole generation of players,” Federer told Mercedez-Benz.

“I’m really thankful for everything they have done back in the day.

“It was nice to see him again at the US Open in the finals watching Novak trying to equal his counted Grand Slam.

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“I think it is possible that it’s going to be and going to happen again.

“We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa [Nadal] that we come extremely close, but doing it I think you need a bit of luck, you need personal strengths, you need everything and that’s why I think it’s going to be hard but it’s possible.

“We have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting first row watching Novak play, but what Novak did this year was truly exceptional.”

Although Djokovic and Federer remain level for now, the Serb holds the age advantage which makes it highly likely he will pull away as the all-time Grand Slam leader in the future.

Roger Federer names 'nice' aspect of Novak Djokovic's US Open final vs Daniil Medvedev


Novak Djokovic fell agonisingly short of achieving the calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows

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The 40-year-old’s hopes of adding more to his collection are fading, not helped by undergoing his third knee surgery within the past 18 months, but he admitted that recovery is going well.

“I’m feeling actually really good considering that things are not as I hope they would be, but you know I’m recovering well and rehab is going really good,” he said.

“Of course, I wish I could be back on the tennis court as quick as possible but I have to be patient and look, it’s a slower period right now.

“I’ve got to take it step by step but so far so good so, I am very happy.”

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Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev slams racket

Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev slams racket

Surface tension boiled over for Daniil Medvedev as the world number three admitted he dd not want to play on clay in an outburst at the Madrid Open – only to make a mockery of his predicament by reaching the round of 16.

Aggravated Medvedev, who had never won at the tournament but advanced from the first round courtesy of a bye, must have feared the worst as he lost the first set 6-4 to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

The Russian contender smashed his racket on the floor and could be heard exclaiming “I don’t want to play here on this surface” during one change of ends, before battling back commendably to secure his first career win at the Madrid Open.

After advancing 4-6 6-4 6-2 in little over two hours, Medvedev was able to celebrate a landmark victory, cheekily signing a TV camera “love clay” following his first win on the surface he clearly detests since April 2019.

His eventful day continued in the doubles, where he departed with partner Marcelo Demoliner at the round of 16 stage after losing a decisive tie-break.

Should he find a taste for clay and spring a surprise by clinching the Madrid title, Medvedev could dethrone Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings should he also reach the semifinals in Rome alongside favorable results elsewhere.

That would also require him to win for the first time in the tournament in Italy, which would give him the ideal springboard for the French Open at the end of the month.

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“I [have been] practising well [during the past] couple of days here in Monte-Carlo before the tournament starts. I feel ready.

“It’s true that I didn’t play much. At the same time, [it] is true that I had good success in the past without playing much. My mindset is the same as always.

“I just try to be ready… Going day by day. Tomorrow, [I have] another practice. I [am] just trying to be ready for the first match.”

He added: “I love to play on clay, but I love to be here, [and at] Barcelona, Madrid, Rome [and] Roland Garros.

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Feeling the heat: Russian top seed Medvedev in epic meltdown in Miami as he crashes out to Bautista Agut (VIDEO)

Feeling the heat: Russian top seed Medvedev in epic meltdown in Miami as he crashes out to Bautista Agut (VIDEO)

Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev obliterated his racket not once but twice on the way to defeat against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in their Miami Open quarter-final.

Continuing his winless run against the veteran Spaniard, Medvedev slipped to a third defeat in meetings with Bautista Agut as he went down in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

Medvedev had spoken beforehand of the danger posed by the number seven seed, praising him as a “hell of a player” and claiming it was something of a puzzle as to why the 32-year-old was not ranked higher.

Medvedev again could not find the answer to the conundrum, and despite a tight opening eight games in the first set, Bautista Agut broke through at 5-4 before serving out the set.

The second set was more straightforward as the Spaniard took an early lead and continued to counterpunch his way to victory against his big-hitting rival.

Medvedev was clearly feeling the heat, at one stage hammering his racket into the ground before continuing to take his frustrations out on the already-mangled frame.  

After recently ascending world number two – the first new name in the spot outside of the ‘Big Four’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in more than 15 years – Medvedev let an opportunity slip to consolidate that spot and claim a maiden title in Miami.

Instead, the 32-year-old Bautista Agut remains in the hunt for a first ATP Masters 1000 title, and will meet Italian teenage sensation Jannik Sinner in the semi-final.

Sinner overcame Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik in straight sets in their quarter-final, and also defeated Bautista Agut two weeks ago in their round-of-16 meeting in Dubai. 

Bautista Agut said after his victory over Medvedev: “I want to give Daniil all the credit, I know he is one of the best players in the world.”

“He’s been winning a lot of matches, he’s No. 2 in the world, so I’m very happy and proud about how I played today. I think I showed a great level on the court.”

There will be a maiden Masters 1000 champion regardless of who is crowned this weekend, with all the names still in competition yet to win a title at this level.

Russia still has a representative in the hat in the form of fourth seed Andrey Rublev, who meets America’s Sebastian Korda in their quarter-final on Thursday.  

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Perfect 10: Medvedev beats home favorite Herbert to reach milestone ATP title in Marseille

Perfect 10: Medvedev beats home favorite Herbert to reach milestone ATP title in Marseille

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrated his ascension to the world number two spot by picking up a 10th ATP title as he beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three sets in their Open 13 Provence 13.

Medvedev will become the first man outside of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to occupy a spot in the world’s top two since 2005 when he overtakes Nadal in the rankings on Monday, and marked the occasion with a victory over three sets against Herbert to capture a maiden title in Marseille on Sunday.

Top seed Medvedev fired down 13 aces as he won 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4 after two hours and 11 minutes of play in the South of France.

“I am really happy,” Medvedev said afterwards.

“I knew that I would become No. 2 no matter what on Monday… It is always better when you step up the rankings when you do something great.

“I know that winning here didn’t give me the points to become No. 2, but it is great for the self-esteem that just before becoming No. 2 on Monday, I win a tournament.”

The big Russian added: “I’m really happy about the number 10. It gets me to two digits, something which I dreamt of when I was a kid.

“I think it’s already a great number, but I’m going to try to work more and get some more.”

Hard court specialist Medvedev, 25, had won 20 matches in a row before his defeat to Novak Djokovic in last month’s Australian Open final.

He then went out in the first round in Rotterdam in a shock defeat to Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, before bouncing back in style this week in France.  
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Russia’s Daniil Medvedev becomes first man outside ‘Big Four’ to break into world’s top 2 since 2005

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev becomes first man outside ‘Big Four’ to break into world’s top 2 since 2005

Russian star Daniil Medvedev will become the first new name in more than 15 years to break into the rankings among the world’s top two players when the ATP ratings are updated later this month.

The ATP confirmed on Saturday that Medvedev, 25, would rise one place to number two on March 15.

That means Medvedev will become the first player outside of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to be among the world’s top pair since July of 2005.

Medvedev achieves the feat despite suffering a shock defeat in the first round of the Rotterdam Open earlier this month, when he went out to Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

If Medvedev had reached the final in Rotterdam, he would have been guaranteed to overtake Nadal as number two, behind Djokovic.

However, the ATP confirmed on Saturday that the Russian is still now assured of that spot despite his early exit in the Netherlands.  

The news came as the draw was made for the Open 13 Provence trophy in Marseille, where top seed Medvedev will play Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the first round.

Current number two Nadal was forced out of an ATP tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, later this month due to a back injury. 

Medvedev has enjoyed some remarkable form in recent months. Prior to his loss to Lajovic, the big Russian had suffered just one other defeat in his past 21 matches – going down to Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Australian Open in February.
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There was also further joy for Russian tennis on Saturday as world number eight Andrey Rublev beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final in Rotterdam.

Rublev, 23, will meet either Borna Coric of Croatia or Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in Sunday’s final.  

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Rafael Nadal injury: Daniil Medvedev has Rotterdam Open shot to end Novak Djokovic duopoly

Rafael Nadal injury: Daniil Medvedev has Rotterdam Open shot to end Novak Djokovic duopoly
Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the Rotterdam Open gifts Daniil Medvedev a chance to overtake him in the ATP rankings and break up the long-standing duopoly of Novak Djokovic and Nadal. The Spaniard is currently hampered by a back injury that affected him at this month’s Australian Open and will not play in next month’s tournament.
At the Australian Open, Nadal lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals, the Greek then going down to Medvedev in the semis.

Djokovic however dispatched of the Russian in straights sets in the final to claim his ninth Melbourne title in far more routine fashion than was expected at the Rod Laver Arena.

The Serbian kept his full 2,000 points as a result of defending his title and is 2,180 clear of Nadal in the ATP rankings.

Now an 18-time Grand Slam winner, Djokovic ended 2020 as No 1, topping the standings at the end of a calendar year for the sixth time in his career, with Nadal coming second.

That was the third straight year in which the pair have made up the top two of the rankings, with Nadal now on 20 Slams alongside long-time rival Roger Federer.

The ‘King of Clay’ will be expected to surpass the Swiss at the French Open later this year where he is a 13-time winner having reigned supreme in all of the last four successive years.

But before then, the world No 2 could drop down to No 3 – if Medvedev gets to the final of the Rotterdam Open which takes place March 1-7.

Nadal confirmed on Thursday: “It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne.

“We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament.

“Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week.

“I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and the Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there this was the perfect year for my calendar.
The 25-year-old, a nine-time titlist, won the ATP Finals last year and is looking to continue his ascent, and overtaking Nadal for another new career best ranking would certainly be a significant milestone.

Moving to No 2 would see Medvedev become the first player since Lleyton Hewitt 16 years ago to rank in the top two, outside of the quartet of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray.

Djokovic is unlikely to be caught at the top of the rankings any time soon though and he will overtake Federer for the most weeks as No 1 on March 8.

The field in Holland for the Rotterdam Open elsewhere includes world No 6 Tsitsipas, seventh-ranked Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev the world No 8.

British three-time Grand Slam champion Murray is a wildcard entrant but in addition to Nadal, the likes of Milos Raonic, Dan Evans, Gael Monfils, Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and Pablo Carreno Busta have also pulled out.

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