Dimitrov stuns Medvedev, de Minaur out

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Grigor Dimitrov has fought back to stun Daniil Medvedev at the Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells.
Camera IconGrigor Dimitrov has fought back to stun Daniil Medvedev at the Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells. Credit: EPA

Daniil Medvedev has crashed out of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, with Grigor Dimitrov staging a spectacular fightback to secure victory over the top seed.

Dimitrov trailed a set and a double-break before he turned the match on its head to triumph 4-6 6-4 6-3.

Recently crowned US Open champion Medvedev had been in dominant form since his breakthrough win at Flushing Meadows and nothing looked set to change as he took the first set and stormed into a 4-1 lead in the second.

But inexplicably the Russian lost his range and Dimitrov reeled off eight games in succession to not only level the match but to establish a strong advantage in the decider.

"He definitely flipped the switch," Medvedev said. "If he plays like this like he did starting from 4-1, he's going to win the tournament."

The Bulgarian duly served out to love to secure his first win over a top-two opponent since 2016 and seal his place in the quarter-finals.

"I always wanted to do well out here," Dimitrov said. "I felt like I had so many chances throughout the years. I've lost very close matches, matches from match points and everything. I was very determined."

He will face Hubert Hurkacz next after the Polish eighth seed dispatched Russia's Aslan Karatsev 6-1 6-3.

No.22 seed Alex de Minaur, the last Australian in the men's draw, put up a valliant display before bowing out to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The No.2 seed lost the first set tiebreaker 7-3 but then rebounded to win the next set by the same scoreline, before streaking the third to win 6-2.

The match lasted almost two hours 45 minutes, with the Greek firing seven aces and converting five from 10 points.

No.3 seed Alexander Zverev had far less trouble advancing against Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The German beat the No.14 seed 6-1 6-3 to set up a meeting with Taylor Fritz, a 6-4 6-3 winner over Jannik Sinner.

Cameron Norrie reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 event for the first time by defeating Tommy Paul 6-4 4-6 6-2, to move within one more victory of replacing Dan Evans as the British No.1.

The man he must beat to achieve that feat is 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, after the Argentine eased past Norway's sixth-seed Casper Rudd 6-3 6-3.

Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili accounted for Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (8-6) to advance from the fourth round.

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