Daniil Medvedev advanced toward third straight Australian Open
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Daniil Medvedev defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals at Indian Wells, where Aryna Sabalenka and Frances Tiafoe quickly advanced to the final four.
Medvedev extended his ATP match winning streak to 18 straight by showing little sign of the ankle injury he sustained in a three-set match against Alexander Zverev the day before.
He secured a matchup with American Tiafoe, ranked 16, who defeated 2021 Indian Wells winner Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4.
Sabalenka, who won the Australian Open and is still working toward her first Grand Slam title, defeated Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the combined WTA and ATP Masters 1000 event.
Sabalenka will play runner-up Maria Sakkari in 2022 after the seventh-ranked Greek defeated Petra Kvitova, who has won Wimbledon twice, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
After winning titles in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai in just three weeks, Medvedev was ecstatic when he arrived in the California desert.
He had been critical of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden’s slow, hard courts for a long time, but after beating Zverev despite rolling his ankle, he made it to the quarterfinals for the first time.
Medvedev said, “I´m actually happy the ankle didn´t hurt much because when I warmed up it was hurting pretty bad, I couldn´t move well on the warmup.”
The former US Open champion added, “I tried to warm it up as long as possible and take one painkiller so that probably helped and I was actually feeling better and better during the match.”
He won the first set quickly, only losing six points on his serve in the second game to break the Spaniard’s serve in the final game to win the set in 39 minutes.
On a windy Stadium Court in the second set, things were different. In each of Medvedev’s first three service games, Davidovich Fokina had a chance to break, but the Russian hit big serves to stop him.
In the eighth game, Davidovich Fokina led 0-40, but Medvedev won.
En route Medvedev had one more fall on the court, this time scratching his hand and requiring the mentor to gauze his ridiculous thumb.
Davidovich Fokina stated, “Daniil has been winning many tournaments, many consecutive matches, and you can see how solid he is on the court.”
He continued, “It was a very unpleasant match with the wind.” We both had chances to score, but he took his and I didn’t, but the level is still there.”
Second-ranked Sabalenka defeated Gauff 6-4, 6-0, turning the tables on a player who had won three of their previous four matches.
Gauff had few options as a result of Sabalenka’s thunderous ground strokes and complete command of her serve.
The Belarusian won 18 games with five aces and three straight unreturnable serves, ending the match without losing a break point.
She claimed that she is a different player than she was when she lost to Gauff in Toronto last year and since she won the Australian Open for her second title of the year.
According to Sabalenka, “I think I’m more calm on court, and I’m able to control my emotions,” which enables her to “just fight for every point” and “stay in the game regardless of what happens.”
Sabalenka will take on Sakkari, who has won all four of this week’s matches after going three sets down.
Tiafoe, who reached his first Masters 1000 semi without dropping a set, made it clear that he wants to make it past the fourth round.
Tiafoe stated, “It’s great, but it’s the semis.” The job is not finished.
Tiafoe had broken Norrie two times in the second set to serve for the match at 5-2.
He was broken himself, but he didn’t waste his next chance by ending it with a love game.
He stated, “At the end, it got a little tricky, but it was pretty one-way traffic, and I am really happy with where my game is at.” He was referring to the situation.
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