Daniil Medvedev shook off a mid-match ankle injury to reach the Indian Wells quarter finals with a gutsy 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5 win over Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Tuesday, extending his winning streak to 17 matches. It was an impressive effort from the fifth-seeded Rus - sian whose tournament appeared over when he crashed to the court in the second set with what looked to be a serious injury.
Medvedev was able to continue and advance to the last eight for the first time but he said he expected to feel considerable pain and would likely have a scan to assess the damage.
“Now when the adrenaline goes down the body cools down it’s going to be pretty painful and I’m going to probably do a scan to see what it is and if I can continue to play,” said Medvedev, winner of three straight events in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.
Medvedev said he planned to tape the ankle and take a painkiller to be good to go when he faces Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his quarter final.
Fritz digs deep
Defending champion Taylor Fritz dug deep into his arsenal to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarters. Leading 2-0 in the second set, the Americanclosed out a marathon game when he hit a reverse serve —a shot that appears to be going down the tee but is instead directed toward the right-handed opponent’s backhand.
Top seed Carlos Alcaraz advanced after his opponent Jack Draper retired while trailing 6-2, 2-0.
Coco Gauff rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Swede Rebecca Peterson6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and reach the quarter finals. Next up for Gauffis a meeting with Belarusian second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who beat 16th seed BarboraKrejcikova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.