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Indian Wells: Nardi, Djokovic’s executioner, fell, and Medvedev advances steadily

Indian Wells: Nardi, Djokovic’s executioner, fell, and Medvedev advances steadily

Paul’s rival will be the Norwegian Casper Ruud, another debutant at this point in Indian Wells, who had to make an effort to defeat the Frenchman Gael Monfils in three sets, 37 years old.

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The experienced American Tommy Paul ended the dream of the Italian Luca Nardi, who had just eliminated world No. 1, the Serbian Novac Djokovic, on Monday.

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In his turn the Russian Daniil Medvedev continued on his way to his second consecutive final with a solvent victory against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov by double 6-4.Winner of six Masters 1000 trophies, Medvedev may be the great beneficiary of the departure of Djokovic on his side of the draw and thus have a new opportunity in the final, after his defeat last year against the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.

His rival in the quarterfinals will be the Dane Holger Rune, that at night he staged a spectacular comeback against the Californian Taylor Fritz until winning 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) and 6-3.

rune, Another of the jewels of the new generation, she resisted a match point in the second set that gave her the confidence to elevate her game dramatically.

Fritz, champion in 2022, he failed to resist the push of the Dane and ended up suffering a painful elimination in a tournament that is played less than 200 kilometers from his native San Diego.

The biggest surprise so far WTA 1000, was the elimination of Aryna Sabalenka. The Belarusian figure, second in the women’s ranking, succumbed to the best version of the local Emma Navarro (23rd) 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2.

The double winner of the Australian Open had already shown some weaknesses in her journey through the Californian desert, especially in her debut against Peyton Stearns, when she survived four match points.

“This year I didn’t feel my best on these slopes,” acknowledged the current runner-up. “But nothing happens. That’s tennis. We learn and move on.”

The departure of Sabalenka It leaves the tournament with only three members of the WTA Top-10 in the race: Iga Swiatek (1), Coco Gauff (3) and Maria Sakkari (9).

For its part, Navarrese, University champion in the United States in 2021, she sealed the biggest victory of her career and has more matches won (18) this year than any other player on the circuit.

The 22-year-old player from New York will play in the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000 tournament against the Greek Maria Sakkari, who beat the French Diane Parry in three sets.

Coco Gauff, the young American tennis star, did not give room for surprise when beat the Belgian Elise Mertens 6-0 and 6-2 in 66 minutes. The reigning US Open champion celebrated her 20th birthday with a relentless performance.

“It feels good. I finally got a victory on my birthday, it’s great,” congratulated Gauff, who last year began to translate his gigantic potential into big titles like the US Open.

“My goals in tennis are to win more Grand Slams and a medal at the 2028 Olympic Games,” he reflected. Gauff. “Goals in life…honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.”

In search of his first semifinals in Indian Wells, Gauff will face China’s Yue Yuan, who beat Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on the night.

The fourth Chinese player at this point in Indian Wells, Yue Yuan extends a great moment of form with which she lifted her first WTA trophy ten days ago in Austin.

Results Round of 16

Men

Casper Ruud (Norway) defeated Gael Monfils (France) 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Tommy Paul (USA) beats Luca Nardi (Italy) 6-4, 6-3

Daniil Medvedev (Russia) defeats Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4, 6-4

Holger Rune (Denmark) beat Taylor Fritz (USA) 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Quarter Pairings

Jannik Sinner (Italy) vs Jirí Lehecka (Czech Rep.)

Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) vs Alexander Zverev (Germany)

Tommy Paul (USA) vs Casper Ruud (Norway)

Daniil Medvedev (Russia) vs Holger Rune (Denmark)

-Women

Emma Navarro (USA) defeated Aryna Sabalenka (Bulgaria) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Coco Gauff (USA) beats Elise Mertens (Belgium) 6-0, 6-2

Maria Sakkari (Greece) defeats Diane Parry (France) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Yue Yuan (China) defeats Daria Kasatkina (Russia) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Quarter Pairings

Anastasia Potapova (Russia) vs Marta Kostyuk (Ukraine)

Iga Swiatek (Poland) vs Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

Coco Gauff (USA) vs Yue Yuan (China)

Maria Sakkari (Greece vs Emma Navarro (USA)

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