There are no more French in Indian Wells, with the elimination of Gaël Monfils in the round of 16, Wednesday, October 13. Tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev was also knocked out by Grigor Dimitrov. Stéfanos Tsitsipas qualified for the quarter-finals.
Gaël Monfils released by Alexander Zverev
No quarters for Monfils. The French (18th player in the world) failed to exist against the‘German Alexander Zverev, fourth in the world, and lost in the round of 16 in just two sets (6-1, 6-3).
The GOAT of the celebration
— We Are Tennis France (@WeAreTennisFR) October 13, 2021
Gaël Monfil chained unforced errors and was quickly left behind in the first heat. “I did not make a good start in the match, but he was good”, recognized the Frenchman after his defeat.
Alexander Zverev (seeded n ° 3) had beaten his Scottish elder Andy Murray in straight sets in the previous round (6-4, 7-6). Zverev will find in the quarterfinals the American Taylor Fritz (39th world), striker of the Italian Jannik Sinner (6-4, 6-3).
It’s over for Daniil Medvedev
The big surprise of the day came from Daniil Medvedev, second player in the world and winner of the last US Open, released by the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (number 28). Seed number 1 in the tournament, the Russian was beaten in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-3), after 2:14 of a bitter fight.
3. For the 3rd time in his career, @GrigorDimitrov won a match against one of the top two players in the world. As a reminder, the Bulgarian was led 6/4 4/1.
vs Djokovic (N°1) | Madrid 2013
vs Murray (N°2) | Miami 2016
vs Medvedev (N°2) | Indian Wells 2021 pic.twitter.com/PuQwsnHXf3
– Game, Set and Maths (@JeuSetMaths) October 13, 2021
“I felt exhausted during the tournament. Now that it’s over, I can tell. I have several physical problems that have appeared“Medvedev said after the meeting, without specifying what the problems were. Solid in the first set, he was on his way to an easy success by leading 4-1 in the next, when he suddenly let go and multiplied unforced errors, in front of an audience wishing that the match be prolonged and therefore won over to the cause. by Dimitrov.
It goes for Tsitsipas
That it was difficult for Stéfanos Tsitsipas, the last finalist of Roland-Garros. The Greek first lost the first set, before winning the second set in the tie-break. The 23-year-old finally won in three sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-2), in a 2:43 marathon match against the Australian Alex de Minaur, 27th in the world.
Seeded n ° 2, Tsitsipas will face Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (36th worldwide) in the quarter-finals, who fell in the same day against Russian Karen Khachanov (6-4, 7-6).
Victoria Azarenka advances to semi-finals
In the women’s draw, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (32nd player in the world) qualified for the semi-finals of the WTA tennis tournament, after her victory over American Jessica Pegula (24th in the world) in straight sets (6-4 , 6-2).
She will face in the last four the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (29th in the world) who defeated the American Shelby Rogers (44th in the world) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.