Grigor Dimitrov stuns Daniil Medvedev at Indian Wells

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Daniil Medvedev was favored to win the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after denying Novak Djokovic a calendar slam at the U.S. Open, Grigor Dimitrov overpowered the Russian on Wednesday.
Somewhere in Serbia, or maybe at his adopted home/tax shelter in Monte Carlo, Novak Djokovic is tearing his hair out. He has certainly heard, or maybe seen on TV, how Daniil Medvedev was beaten at the BNP Paribas tournament Wednesday.

It was Medvedev who destroyed Djokovic, the world's No. 1 men's tennis player, who was seeking to complete one of the true Holy Grails of the sport with a men's singles title in the U.S. Open final a month ago. All Djokovic had to do was beat Russian Medvedev to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four of tennis' majors in a calendar year.

Medvedev crushed him 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. There was nary a blink, seldom an opening, never a doubt.

Flash forward to a sunny Indian Wells afternoon, with a giant stadium partially full of people who had come out to see this giant killer, the No. 1-seeded player here and the No. 2 player in the world rankings. The expectation was that he would slap somebody around in the round of 16. Which is exactly what Medvedev did for the first 45 minutes of the match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

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Then, after winning the first set 6-4 and running off to a 4-1 lead in the second, the slapper became the slap-ee. The bottom dropped out for Medvedev. Or, more accurately, the tennis gods took over Dimitrov. Suddenly, he couldn't miss. If Medvedev hit 20 ground strokes inside the lines, Dimitrov hit 21. Medvedev's first serve drifted into…
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