"It's like clay" says Medvedev after getting upset in Indian Wells

Daniil Medvedev allowed himself a rare collapse in his BNP Paribas Open match against Grigor Dimitrov where he threw away a 6-4 4-1 lead.

It was an unbelievable match in the desert between Medvedev and Dimitrov that saw the Russian dominate early in the match only to lose it later. Medvedev was cruising early against Dimitrov who did not play badly but was simply outplayed by his opponent. At 4-1 in the 2nd set things dramatically changed with Medvedev collapsing out of nowhere.

After pulling back a 1-4 deficit, Dimitrov woke up and found himself winning the 2nd set with 6-4. After that, his level never dropped off with Medvedev losing the final one 3-6. After the match the Russian was impressed with Grigor's level saying:

"Dimitrov played better than any of my opponents at the USO. He will win Indian Wells playing like this".

Whether Medvedev is right remains to be seen but the Russian did lose control of the match. A similar thing happened in London at Wimbledon where he similarly lost a match where he appeared to be cruising. Asked what contributed to the unexpected loss Medvedev pointed out the slowness of the court which in his mind did not help:

"I've never been broken 3 consecutive times on hardcourts before. This shows how slow the courts are. Like clay".

Well, he will need to adapt to that because the courts in the desert have been since forever.

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