March 14, 2022
(Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev fell out of Indian Wells and lost his world number one after Gael Monfils handed him a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 defeat on Monday in the third round.
The Frenchman won the sixth point of the game against a California-loving crowd with a winner in reverse, letting out a roar as he organized a match with Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round.
“I’m very happy now, I’m in my area,” Monfils said. “I moved pretty well and then I changed a lot of speed.”
Monfils gave Medvedev a break in the ninth game of the first set with a pair of double fouls and two straight errors, as the reigning U.S. Open champion left only four points on his serve in the first set.
But Medvedev lost momentum in the second set, unable to turn five of the six break point opportunities.
Monfils broke it in the fourth game with a winning setback and again in the eighth with a right-footed shot.
Overcoming the obvious exhaustion, Monfils won the first four games of the final set as Medvedev was unable to create a single break point opportunity.
It was the first time in 13 years that Monfils, 35, beat the first player in the world rankings.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
Tennis-Monfils surprises world number one Medvedev in Indian Wells
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