Daniil Medvedev’s defeat against Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16 at Indian Wells surprised even the protagonists themselves: the Russian was set and double-broken up and everything seemed to be on the way to a comfortable victory. However, he gave up 11 of the next 14 games and ended up losing 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3. As a result, this drop not only represents his rapid elimination in the season’s second-to-last Masters 1000, but also leaves him with virtually no chance of reaching No. 1 in the world. Although not 100% sure yet, Novak Djokovic was one step away from finishing another year as the leader of the international ranking. Daniil is 1,900 points behind Nole in the Race, with just a couple of tournaments to play. Everything is very expensive for the Serbian.
Murray praises Novak Djokovic
Recently, Novak Djokovic was praised by Andy Murray. According to the three-time Major winner, the Serb knows how to go about things during matches. For him to be able to maintain his focus and execute the right shots at the right time is what separates him from the rest of the players on Tour. As years have gone by, Djokovic has surpassed rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when it comes to decision-making. The two-time Olympic gold medalist said, “I mean I’d probably say, Novak. As I would say in important situations for the most part I would say he would’ve made the right decision more often than most players I would say right now. I’d say Medvedev’s right up there.” Coming to tennis, Murray was competing at the Indian Wells Masters. He lost to Zverev. On the other hand, Djokovic is taking a well-earned rest and has not competed in any event since the US Open loss. We hope to see both players competing this season again. Novak Djokovic has won the Paris Masters five times in his career (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019), which is the highest tally any player has ever achieved. The 34-year-old also owns the record for most final appearances in Paris, having made the summit clash on six occasions. The only time Djokovic lost in the final was in 2018, when Karen Khachanov beat him 7-5, 6-4. The Serb won 17 matches in a row at the Paris Masters, which is also a tournament record. He won five matches each in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and won two matches in 2016, where he fell in the quarterfinals to Marin Cilic.