Top seed Danio Medvedev confidently advanced to the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 on Indian Wells hardcourts on Saturday. His compatriots – Andrei Rublev and Aslan Karasev showed themselves very well.

Rafai Smolensky

Danio Medvedev

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After his victory at the 2021 US Open, Danio Medvedev took a break from tennis and then took part in the European-winning Laver Cup match in Boston. On Saturday, the Russian returned to the tour and defeated the American Mackenzie MacDonald 6: 4, 6: 2. The meeting lasted only 72 minutes, as the runner-up in the ATP rating did not have to defend any break point.

McKenzie is a very strong competitor, who can put pressure on anyone. I’m glad I was able to win this match relatively quickly. I’m glad I didn’t usually play Indian Wells well and didn’t do well in pre-tournament training. I am very happy with my performance – said Medvedev, citing Muscovite won the 49th match in this year’s main series and will fight on Monday for the fourth round with Serbian Filip Krajinovic, who won two sets with American Marcus Geron 7:6 (2) and 7:5.

On Saturday evening, he achieved a confirmed victory with the fourth number, Andrei Rublev. He defeated the Russian Spaniard Carlos Taberner 6:3, 6:4. The 23-year-old from Moscow managed to break once, but used three of his nine break points and scored in the third round. On Monday, Tommy Paul will stand on Rublev’s way, confidently beating Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6:2, 6:3. The Russian has a 3-0 lead with the American on the Tour.

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Aslan Karasev did not waste time in court on Saturday. He defeated Russian No. 19, Italian Salvatore Caruso 6: 0, 6: 2 in just 69 minutes. Thus, he will meet Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Monday. It will be a duel between tennis players who still have a chance to play in the ATP Finals for the 2021 season ending in Turin, but who need an amazing result (in Indian Wells or Europe).

Grigor Dimitrov played a good match and defeated German Daniel Altmaier 6: 4, 6: 2. In the 86th minute, the Bulgarian could not break through and used half of the six break points. And on Monday, he will face the hard-serving American Riley Opelka. Lloyd Harris also won with Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6:3, 6: 3. The South African international will now compete with Norway’s Casper Ruud. Cameron Norrie fought the Battle of the Three Hundred. The Briton finally defeated the American Tennys Sandgren 6:4, 5:7, 6:0 and as a reward he will meet the Spaniard Roberto Bautista.

BNP Paribas Bank is openIndian Wells (USA)
ATP Masters 1000, Hard Court, $8.359 million prize pool
Saturday October 9

Second round of singles:

Danio Medvedev (Russia, 1) b Mackenzie McDonald (US) 6-4, 6-2
Filip Krajinovic (Serbia, 27) – Marcos Jeron (US) 7:6 (2), 7:5
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria, 23) beat Daniel Altmaier (Germany) 6-4, 6-2
Aslan Karasev (Russia, 19) – Salvatore Caruso (Italy, Q) 6-0, 6-2
Andrey Rublev (Russia 4) – Carlos Taberner (Spain) 6-3, 6-4
Tommy Paul (USA) – Dusan Lajovic (Serbia, 28) 6:2, 6:3
Cameron Norrie (UK 21) beat Tennys Sandgren (US) 6-4 5-7 6-0
Lloyd Harris (South Africa, 26) beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain) 6-3 6-3.

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