How can Norrie qualify for ATP Finals? Who else is in contention?

Cameron Norrie gave his chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Finals a huge boost as he became the first British player to win Indian Wells.
Norrie beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets in the final to claim the biggest title of his career.

He is now up to No 15 in the world rankings, and is also up to No 10 in the Race to Turin rankings, which determine the eight players who qualify for the ATP Finals. But how likely is Norrie to make the finals? And who does he need to overhaul?

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Who’s already qualified?

The top four in the world – Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev – have all secured their places in Turin, which will be hosting the finals for the first time following 12 years in London.

Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berrettini look set to qualify as well, but the final two spots are up for grabs.

Casper Ruud currently occupies seventh place with eighth-placed Rafael Nadal not playing as he recovers from injury. That means Hubert Hurkacz is the final qualifier as it stands, although Norrie is just 160 points behind in the standings after netting 1,000 points for winning Indian Wells.

Jannik Sinner is 200 points behind Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime is 465 points back.

How many points are left to play for?

There are four weeks of tournaments left for players to pick up points before the ATP Finals start on November 14.

This week sees the European Open in Antwerp and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (both ATP 250 events), followed next week by the ATP 250 St Petersburg Open and ATP 500 Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The final Masters 1000 event of the season starts in Paris on November 1 before the last ATP 250 of the year in Stockholm on November 7.

Norrie is set to take this week off before playing Vienna, Paris and Stockholm.

The winner of the title in Vienna will take home 500 points, while there are 1,000 on offer to the champion in Paris and 250 in Stockholm.

Who are Norrie’s biggest rivals?

If Norrie is going to make the finals he will likely have to get past either Hurkacz or Ruud, who have both been in good form this year.

Neither are playing this week but are set to return alongside Norrie in Vienna.

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Norrie could have slipped down to 11th in the rankings when he next takes to the court as Sinner has the chance to move ahead if he wins the European Open.

But Paris could be key to deciding who qualifies for the finals with plenty of points on offer. Along with the 1,000 points for the winner there are 600 for the runner-up, 360 for semi-finalists and 180 for quarter-finalists.

What’s Norrie said about making the finals?

Making the finals would be reward for a brilliant year for Norrie.

Only Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Ruud have managed more than his 47 match wins in 2021 and he has reached six finals, two of which he has won. He is also up to a career-high ranking and has overtaken Dan Evans as British No 1.

Asked about his prospects of playing in Turin, Norrie said: “I think even being in the conversation this late in the year with, what, four tournaments left after this, I think that’s impressive for me.

“If you would have told me before the year that would be the case, I would have been happy. I think that’s a lot of good progression. It would be nice to make it, but I’m going to keep going, keep taking care of what I can and handling what I can.

I’ve been really enjoying my tennis and been enjoying being out on court and competing in the big moments.

Norrie is bidding to become the first Brit to make the season-ending finals since Andy Murray won the event in 2016. Emma Raducanu was bidding to qualify for the WTA Finals in Mexico but is out of contention after losing her opening match at Indian Wells.

ATP Race to Turin standings

5. Andrey Rublev – 4,165 points

6. Matteo Berrettini – 4,000 points

7. Casper Ruud – 3,015 points

8. Rafael Nadal (not playing) – 2,985 points

9. Hubert Hurkacz – 2,955 points

10. Cameron Norrie – 2,795 points

11. Jannik Sinner – 2,595 points

12. Felix Auger-Aliassime – 2,330 points

13. Aslan Karatsev – 2,030 points

14. Pablo Carreno Busta – 1,925 points

15. Nikoloz Basilashvili – 1,885 points

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Federer, Murray fall in major ranking shake-up; Norrie, Badosa into top 15

After 18 months of low activity on the ATP and WTA rankings, there have been some big post-Indian Wells moves, with Roger Federer and Andy Murray two of the most notable fallers.

With the rankings having been frozen for a significant period of time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 52-week format is now back in use and points from eight ATP tournaments and four WTA tournaments, as well as 2020 French Open points for the women, drop off on Monday, October 18.

Federer is losing 480 points from his total which means his lengthy stay in the top 10 – which has caused some controversy as he has only played 19 matches since the start of 2020 – is over.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion has slipped out of the top 10 for the first time since January 2017, when he returned from a six-month injury absence as world No 17 to win the Australian Open.

Federer has dropped to No 11 in the rankings behind Hubert Hurkacz, who is into the top 10 for the first time after making the Indian Wells quarter-finals. With Federer not playing again this year as he recovers from knee surgery he is likely to fall even further as he will drop 900 points from his 2019 Basel Open title and semi-final run at the 2019 ATP Finals.

Federer has not been ranked outside the top 20 since April 2001, when he was 19.

While Federer has dropped one place, Murray has plummeted from world No 121 to No 172.

Murray’s drop is because he has lost the 250 points that he held for winning the European Open in Antwerp in 2019. The Scot is back to try and win the title again this week, and will be hoping for a ranking boost ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. If he can’t get back into the top 100 then he will need a wildcard for the Grand Slam in Melbourne or will have to go through qualifying.

New British No 1 Cameron Norrie is up to No 15 in the world after winning the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Norrie, who battled back to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final, has also got a chance to make the season-ending ATP Finals as he is now just 200 points behind Hubert Hurkacz in the last qualifying spot.

Novak Djokovic still remains world No 1 – and his position has been strengthened despite not playing since the US Open.

Djokovic has only dropped 203 points after Indian Wells while world No 2 Daniil Medvedev, who was beaten in the last 16 in California by Grigor Dimitrov, has lost 1,025 points, most of which come from winning Shanghai in 2019. Djokovic is now nearly 2000 points ahead of the Russian in the rankings.

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Casper Ruud is up to a career-high No 9 in the world and closing on Dominic Thiem, who remains world No 8 despite dropping 680 points. Stan Wawrinka is out of the top 50 and down to world No 57, having not played since March.

There are two big fallers on the WTA side, where four events are dropping from the rankings and 2021 French Open points are replacing points from the rescheduled 2020 edition.

Iga Swiatek, who won the French Open in 2020, falls from world No 4 to world No 12 as she drops 1470 points. That means Naomi Osaka moves back into the top 10 despite not playing, while Ons Jabeur becomes the first Arab tennis player in a top-10 spot after her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells.

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Sofia Kenin, who lost in the 2020 French Open final, drops from world No 8 to No 14 as she loses 1059 points from her ranking. Petra Kvitova falls four spots to world No 15.

Emma Raducanu is down to world No 23 after losing her opening match at Indian Wells. Raducanu gained 10 points for her result in California but has been overtaken by Jessica Pegula, who made the quarter-finals last week.

Paula Badosa is up to a career-high world No 11 after winning the title at Indian Wells while runner-up Victoria Azarenka moves up to No 26.

‘I feel tired and angry…the system is unfair’

Danish youngster Holger Rune has voiced his frustration at the ATP rankings and the fact it has been so difficult for players to move up in the revised system over the last 18 months.

Rune, 18, has enjoyed some encouraging results but still finds himself outside the top 100 in the world and having to qualify for tournaments.

“You know I am a hard-working man and I normally never complain,” he wrote on Instagram. “This year I have fought very hard to achieve my goal of becoming top 100. ATP has continuously made it very difficult for me and many other young upcoming players because they have had a frozen ranking from 2019 meaning players on the ATP ranking still have their points from results made in 2019.

“Looking two years back on the normal ranking I would today be ranked 62 in the world and not 124. Does it matter? Yes when you are ambitious and hard working it matters to get your reward. With that ranking I would be able to enter better tournaments and I would feel that my hard work paid off.

“I feel tired and angry now because I think the system is unfair. I love my tennis but we have to compete on equal conditions.”

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'Exhausted' Medvedev to review schedule after shock Indian Wells loss

Daniil Medvedev says he is unsure if he will be fit to play in the Kremlin Cup in his home country of Russia as he was “exhausted” at Indian Wells.

Medvedev crashed out of the ATP Masters 1000 event at the last-16 stage after blowing a 6-4 4-1 lead against Grigor Dimitrov.

It was Medvedev’s first tournament since he won his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open and he was on a nine-match winning run.

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He is scheduled to play in Moscow next week, which would be his first appearance in the Russian capital since 2018, but he is now set to review his plans.

“It’s my hometown, so I wanted to give myself at least a chance to sign (up), and this time I’m in the draw,” he said about the Kremlin Cup.

“The deadline is Friday. To be honest, I did feel exhausted at this tournament and there were a few things coming up during the tournament in terms of my physical condition. I’m going to see in the next few days after this tough match if I’m going to be able to compete in Moscow, which I really want to do but I need to take care of my body.”

If Medvedev doesn’t play in Moscow he will likely instead focus on the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, where he is the defending champion at both events.

Medvedev had won 18 of his past 19 matches in North America before losing to Dimitrov, who reeled off eight games in a row as he roared back to win 4-6 6-4 6-3.

“He definitely flipped the switch,” said Medvedev. “I did become a little more tired maybe, and at the same time, it’s not that I started missing everything and like really playing bad. I still maintained some level, so many matches it would be enough to finish the match.

“About Grigor, I have not much to say. He played the second part of the match better than anybody did against me in the US Open that I won. So playing this level, I don’t see him losing to anybody, but let’s see the result.”

It is the first time Dimitrov has beaten a top-two player since 2016 and he next gets eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals.

“I am happy that I get the opportunity to play again at this level,” said the Bulgarian. “There were lots of ups and downs and you never know what is going to happen, so I am really trying to be appreciative of the moment I get to be out here on the court and work and stay humble. That is the only thing you can control.

“He is such a tough player and competitor. Over the past year, I have played him a few times and haven’t been able to find a way. But today, I just felt something at 1-4 and I calmed myself down and started to take better decisions and started to control the pace of the game, which I really believed helped me. In the end it was just very solid and smart play.”

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Medvedev On Dimitrov: 'I Don't See Him Losing To Anybody'

Top seed Daniil Medvedev is remaining upbeat despite suffering a shock collapse that led to a fourth-round defeat to Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Russian led by a set and a double break before falling to the World No. 28. However, having won 18 of his past 20 matches on North American soil, Medvedev was in a reflective mood as he praised the performance of Dimitrov.

On whether the 13-time tour-level champion could put the result into perspective, Medvedev said: “100 per cent. If I would lose the US Open final, maybe [I] would have been a little bit tough on myself. But I do think I see kind of the reasons why this happened. Grigor played [the] second part of the match better than anybody did against me [at the] US Open that I won. Playing this level, I don’t see him losing to anybody, but let’s see the result.

“I don’t see [it as the] end of the world this match. I’m definitely going to just continue working for the next one and just try to be better next time, because, Indian Wells, I really like the place, so I want to try to do better one day.”

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The World No. 2 has had a huge amount of success in recent months in North America. Medvedev captured his first major title at the US Open in September, before he helped guide Team Europe to a fourth-consecutive victory over Team World at the Laver Cup.

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The 25-year-old, who won his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title in Toronto in August, suggested that the slower conditions in California played a factor in his defeat.

“I don’t remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever, I guess, on hard courts,” Medvedev said. “That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay, I would say, which I don’t like, because to lose serve four times is just unacceptable. I knew that during the day, [it is] much tougher to control the ball for me, especially on the serve.“

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Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is also in action as he faces Australian Alex de Minaur.

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Match of the day

The top seed and reigning US Open champion Medvedev will look to continue his fine form in 2021 by adding the Indian Wells title to his list of honours.

Standing in his way is Bulgarian Dimitrov who has reached the last 16 of this event for the first time in his career as he looks to climb back up the rankings.

The two faced off as recently as August when the Russian won in straight sets at the Cincinnati masters, so Dimitrov will certainly be looking to avenge that loss here.

Order of play

Stadium 1 – all courts from 19:00 UK time

  • Diego Schwartzman v Casper Ruud
  • Daniil Medvedev v Grigor Dimitrov
  • TBD v Jessica Pegula
  • TBD v Jelena Ostapenko
  • Gael Monfils v Alexander Zverev

Stadium 2

  • Aslan Karatsev v Hubert Hurkacz
  • Tommy Paul v Cameron Norrie
  • Taylor Fritz v Jannik Sinner
  • Alex de Minaur v Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic v John Peers / Filip Polasek

Stadium 3

  • Veronika Kudermetova / Elena Rybakina v Marie Bouzkova / Lucie Hradecka
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili v Karen Khachanov
  • Kevin Krawietz / Horia Tecau v Tim Puetz / Michael Venus

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Wednesday Preview: Medvedev Meets Dimitrov, Turin Hopefuls In Pursuit

A maiden BNP Paribas Open quarter-final is on the line as top seed Daniil Medvedev looks to extend his blistering run on North American hard courts against former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday. With Nitto ATP Finals spots up for grabs, Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, Aslan Karatsev and Jannik Sinner all look to boost their standing in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin.

In a showdown between last year’s Nitto ATP Finals winner and the 2017 champion, Medvedev enters his contest against Dimitrov with a 3-1 ATP Head2Head record, including a straight-sets result in their only meeting this season in the round of 16 in Cincinnati. Dimitrov’s sole victory came on grass at Queen’s Club back in 2017

But the Bulgarian has played himself back into form on Californian hard courts in recent weeks. He notched a first tour-level semi-final of 2021 last week in San Diego before his defeat of 16th seed Reilly Opelka sent him through to the fourth round for the first time in eight appearances at Indian Wells.

Medvedev arrived at Indian Wells with a 3-3 record, but has already bettered his best result with his third-round defeat of Filip Krajinovic, his 50th match win of the season. The US Open champion has won 18 of his past 19 matches on North American soil and 40 of his past 43 sets.

“I feel like I’m trying to play a little bit less… just playing the biggest tournaments, or the ones that will get me back into shape, so I’m really happy that I managed to get 50 [wins]. It means that I was doing pretty good in a lot of them,” Medvedev said.

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Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a three-set battle against former World No. 9 Fabio Fognini on Tuesday night to set a fourth-round clash against Australian Alex de Minaur. The Greek will carry a 5-0 ATP Head2Head record into the match with the 22nd seed, a straight-sets winner over Chilean 15th seed Cristian Garin.

Tsitsipas remained on course for a second ATP Masters 1000 trophy this season following his first in Monte-Carlo in April. De Minaur’s victory over Garin was his first over a Top 20 opponent this season and the first time he had won consecutive matches since he claimed his fifth career title at Eastbourne in June.

German Alexander Zverev has hit a rich vein of form since Wimbledon with runs to the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the Western & Southern Open title in Cincinnati. The third seed defeated Andy Murray for the first time to match his best run at Indian Wells in what was his 19th win from his past 20 matches.

Zverev is on the hunt for another first-time win when he takes on 14th seed Gael Monfils, a straight-sets winner over former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson. Monfils, who brings a 3-0 ATP Head2Head record into the match, is rediscovering his form following a run to the Sofia Open final last week.

His conqueror in that match, Italian Jannik Sinner, continues his bid for a maiden Nitto ATP Finals berth when he meets American 31st seed Taylor Fritz for the first time. Tenth in the FedEx Race To Turin, Sinner joins fellow contenders eighth-placed Casper Ruud, ninth-placed Hubert Hurkacz and 12th place Aslan Karatsev in action on Wednesday.

Miami Open champion Hurkacz looks to level a 0-1 ATP Head2Head record against 19th seed Karatsev, while Ruud chases a third straight win against 11th seed Diego Schwartzman after losing the pair’s first four ATP Head2Head encounters.

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2021

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [11] D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [6] C. Ruud (NOR) 
ATP – [1] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [23] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 

Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA – [27] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [19] J. Pegula (USA)

Not Before 6:00 PM
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs [24] J. Ostapenko (LAT)
ATP – [14] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [3] A. Zverev (GER) 

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [19] A. Karatsev (RUS) vs [8] H. Hurkacz (POL) 
ATP – T. Paul (USA) vs [21] C. Norrie (GBR) 
ATP – [31] T. Fritz (USA) vs [10] J. Sinner (ITA) 

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [22] A. de Minaur (AUS) vs [2] S. Tsitsipas (GRE) 
ATP – [1] N. Mektic (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs [7] J. Peers (AUS) / F. Polasek (SVK) 

STADIUM 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – V. Kudermetova (RUS) / E. Rybakina (KAZ) vs M. Bouzkova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
ATP – [29] N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [24] K. Khachanov (RUS) 

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [5] K. Krawietz (GER) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Puetz (GER) / M. Venus (NZL) 

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Indian Wells order of play – Murray faces Zverev, Swiatek, Tsitsipas in action

Context

Andy Murray faces third seed Alexander Zverev in the standout match of Day 7 at Indian Wells. The three-time Grand Slam champion will be looking to back up his impressive win over Carlos Alcaraz with victory over Zverev. Murray has won both their previous matches, last year at the Western & Southern Open and at the 2016 Australian Open.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on 25th seed Fabio Fognini while fifth seed Matteo Berrettini faces American Taylor Fritz. On the women’s side of the draw, second seed Iga Swiatek will be looking to continue her strong start against 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko, third seed Barbora Krejcikova meets 21st seed Paulo Badosa, and fourth seed Elina Svitolina takes on 19th seed Jessica Pegula. US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez is also in action against Shelby Rogers.

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Murray is the only Brit in action on Tuesday and one of only two left in the tournament.

Dan Evans was beaten by Diego Schwartzman and Joe Salisbury lost in the men’s doubles. Cameron Norrie made the last 16 with victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.

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There are a few intriguing women’s matches, but Murray v Zverev is the one to watch.

Murray looked good in his win over Alcaraz while Zverev was pushed to three sets by American Jenson Brooksby. It will be their first meeting in over a year and Murray has been outspoken about the ATP dragging its heels in investigating the domestic abuse allegations against Zverev.

“I wouldn’t say we are best friends,” Murray said ahead of the match. “We don’t really chat a whole lot.”

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Order of play

Stadium 1 – all courts from 19:00 UK time

  • Jessica Pegula v Elina Svitolina
  • Shelby Rogers v Leylah Fernandez
  • Andy Murray v Alexander Zverev
  • Angelique Kerber v Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Fabio Fognini v Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stadium 2

  • Matteo Berrettini v Taylor Fritz
  • Karen Khachanov v Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Barbora Krejcikova v Paulo Badosa
  • Gael Monfils v Kevin Anderson
  • Ons Jabeur v Anna Kalinskaya

Stadium 3

  • Jelana Ostapenko v Iga Swiatek
  • Albert Ramos-Vinolas v Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • Victoria Azarenka v Aliaksandra Sasnovich
  • Leylah Ferandez & Coco Gauff v Su-Wei Hsieh & Elise Mertens
  • Cristian Garin v Alex de Minaur

Stadium 4

  • Makoto Ninomiya & Sabrina Santamaria v Shuko Aoyama & Ena Shibahara
  • Wesley Koolhof & Jean-Julien Roger v John Peers & Filip Polasek
  • Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic v Marcelo Arevalo & Matwe Middelkoop
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia v Anett Kontaveit

Stadium 6

  • Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova v Lyudmyla Kichenok & Jelena Ostapenko

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Top seed Daniil Medvedev is in full flight in the California desert, handling a lengthy rain delay and Serbian 27th seed Filip Krajinovic to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night.

In a showdown that started late due to rain, the Russian managed the cold, windy conditions better as he posted a 6-2, 7-6(1) victory at Indian Wells to set a clash with 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov. It was his 18th win from his past 19 matches on North American soil.

The Russian won 70 per cent of first-serve points and hit 28 winners to just 16 unforced errors for his 50th match win this season. His opponent finished the 90-minute contest with 15 winners and 20 unforced errors.

“I feel like I’m trying to play a little bit less… just playing the biggest tournaments, or the ones that will get me back into shape so I’m really happy that I managed to get 50 [wins]. It means that I was doing pretty good in a lot of them,” Medvedev said.

“Filip is a really tough opponent. He’s always playing top tennis, very tough matches, especially that second set. [There were a] lot of ups and downs, but I think a great level from both of us. Really happy that in the tie-break I managed to [gain] the edge on my side.”

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Krajinovic had been a thorn in Medvedev’s side before. Two years ago, as a No. 113-ranked qualifier he defeated the then-15th seed in straight sets to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells (l. to Nadal).

This year, in the third round of the Australian Open, Medvedev let a two-set lead slip before he stormed home in the fifth to win his 17th straight match. It was his first five-set victory in seven attempts.

Much had changed in the eight months since. Medvedev had climbed to a career-high No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings and importantly landed his maiden Grand Slam trophy at the US Open against Krajinovic’s countryman, Novak Djokovic.

The Russian was on a ruthless streak and stamped his authority early against the World No. 34 as he raced to a 4-0 lead. The set was in the bag after just 35 minutes and Medvedev broke immediately when he ended a 36-shot rally on a flawless drop shot for 1-0 in the second set.

No sooner had he taken control of the match than the Serbian showed why he had proved so difficult for his opponent in the past as he broke twice on his way to a 4-2 lead. Medvedev was made to work hard to prevent a third set and reasserted his dominance in the ensuing tie-break to prevail.

Indian Wells order of play – Evans, Norrie, Medvedev, Andreescu in Monday's action

Context

The order of play for Monday, October 11 at Indian Wells, the prestigious event often billed as the ‘fifth Grand Slam’, features a number of blockbuster matches. US Open champion Daniil Medvedev faces 27th seed Filip Krajinovic, British No 1 Dan Evans takes on 11th seed Diego Schwartzman, and 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov takes on 16th seed Reilly Opelka. On the women’s side, top seed Karolina Pliskova is in action along with defending champion Bianca Andreescu, while 21st seed Paula Badosa against 15th seed Coco Gauff is just one of the matches to look out for.

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Evans, who beat Kei Nishikori in his opening match, starts the proceedings on Stadium One against Schwartzman. The only other meeting between the pair was at the Western & Southern Open earlier this summer, with Schwartzman winning in three sets.

Fellow Brit Cameron Norrie will be on in the early hours of the morning BST on Stadium Three when he faces 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. In the men’s doubles, Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram are first on Stadium Six court against Tim Puetz and Michael Venus.

Andy Murray faces Alexander Zverev on Tuesday after beating teenager Carlos Alcaraz in a thrilling match.

Match of the day

Where to start? Evans and Norrie are both involved in intriguing matches while Ons Jabeur v Danielle Collins should also be entertaining. But the picks of the day are probably the two matches involving Canadians.

On the men’s side, ninth seed Denis Shapovalov faces 19th seed Aslan Karatsev while defending women’s champion Andreescu takes on 18th seed Anett Kontaveit. It would not be a surprise to see both go to the wire.

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Order of play

Stadium 1 – all courts from 19:00 UK time

  • Diego Schwartzman v Dan Evans
  • Grigor Dimitrov v Reilly Opelka
  • Onsa Jabeur v Danielle Collins
  • Paula Badosa v Coco Gauff
  • Daniil Medvedev v Filip Krajinovic

Stadium 2

  • Angelique Kerber v Daria Kasatkina
  • Anett Kontaveit v Bianca Andreescu
  • Denis Shapovalov v Aslan Karatsev
  • Frances Tiafoe v Hubert Hurkacz
  • Barbora Krejcikova v Amanda Anisimova

Stadium 3

  • Lloyd Harris v Casper Ruud
  • Karolina Pliskova v Beatriz Haddad Maia
  • Tamara Zidansek v Ajla Tomljanovic
  • Cameron Norrie v Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Andrey Rublev v Tommy Paul

Stadium 4

  • Anna Kalinskaya v Vktorija Golubic
  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands & Iga Swiatek v Su-Wei Hsieh & Elise Mertens
  • Fabio Fognini & Lorenzo Sonego v John Isner & Jack Sock
  • Jan-Lennard Struff & Alexander Zverev v Rohan Bopanna & Denis Shapovalov

Stadium 6

  • Tim Puetz & Michael Venus v Rajeev Ram & Joe Salisbury
  • Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen v Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo

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Monday Preview: Medvedev, Nitto ATP Finals Hopefuls Feature In Indian Wells

Daniil Medvedev headlines action at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday, with Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud, Hubert Hurkacz and Aslan Karatsev also hoping to post strong performances to improve their chances of joining the World No. 2 at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held in Turin from 14-21 November.

Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic realises the magnitude of the challenge before him at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, two years on from beating Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in the third round. Drawn together at the same stage today, this time Medvedev has won 17 of his past 18 matches on North American soil.

“It is a big-time [opportunity] for me,” Krajinovic told ATPTour.com. “Medvedev has been playing so well. He won the US Open, he is the best player in the world. I am very excited to play against him,” Krajinovic said. “I have played against him a couple of times already, I know how he plays. For sure he is the favourite for that match, but I have nothing to lose, I will try to enjoy it.”

Medvedev has since risen from No. 15 to No. 2 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, captured four ATP Masters 1000 trophies, and a maiden major trophy. In February, Medvedev beat Krajinovic 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0 at the Australian Open and when they meet for their third ATP Head2Head meeting in the final match on Stadium 1 Monday night, the Russian will be bidding to record his 50th match win of 2021 (49-10).

Medvedev admitted, “He can play [an] amazing level of tennis. I feel like if he will reproduce what he did today on the court, he can be a Top 20 [player] for years to come, like for many years at least Top 20.”

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Such is the close nature of the FedEx ATP Race To Turin this year, with two months of the regular season left to play, that Rublev (4,120 points at the start of Indian Wells), the next in line to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, is separated by only 195 points from Matteo Berrettini (3,955) and Ruud (2,925), who plays South Africa’s Lloyd Harris first on Stadium 3.

Fourth seed Rublev, who takes on big-serving American Tommy Paul in the final match on Stadium 3, recorded an ATP Tour-leading 31 hard-court wins last year and so far this campaign has won 31 of his 47 matches on the surface. All three of their three previous meetings, all won by Rublev, have been closely fought, with the Russian winning 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Mutua Madrid Open in May.

With seventh-placed Rafael Nadal sidelined due to injury for the rest of 2021, Hurkacz sits in ninth, the final automatic qualification spot on 2,775 points. But with Jannik Sinner (2,505) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (2,320) also vying for a place in Turin, Hurkacz will be hoping to record his second straight win over American Frances Tiafoe in their fourth meeting during the evening match on Stadium 2.

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In an eagerly anticipated third-round clash, third on Stadium 2, ninth-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov takes on Russian 19th seed Karatsev for the first time. Karatsev is currently in 12th position in the FedEx ATP Race To Turin on 1,940 points, 835 points shy of Hurkacz.

Monday’s action on the main show court begins with two ATP Tour matches. Argentinean 11th seed Diego Schwartzman will be aiming to record his second win over Daniel Evans, the British 18th seed, two months on from his 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 first-round victory at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Second on, Bulgarian 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov attempts to pass the Indian Wells third round for the first time on his eighth visit when he plays American 16th seed Reilly Opelka, this season’s National Bank Open Presented by Rogers finalist (l. to Medvedev).

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2021

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [11] D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [18] D. Evans (GBR)
ATP – [23] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [16] R. Opelka (USA)

Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA – [12] O. Jabeur (TUN) vs [22] D. Collins (USA)

Not Before 6:00 PM
WTA – [21] P. Badosa (ESP) vs [15] C. Gauff (USA)
ATP – [1] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [27] F. Krajinovic (SRB)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [10] A. Kerber (GER) vs [20] D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – [18] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [16] B. Andreescu (CAN)
ATP – [9] D. Shapovalov (CAN) vs [19] A. Karatsev (RUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – F. Tiafoe (USA) vs [8] H. Hurkacz (POL)

Not Before 8:00 PM
WTA – [3] B. Krejcikova (CZE) vs A. Anisimova (USA)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [26] L. Harris (RSA) vs [6] C. Ruud (NOR)

Not Before 1:00 PM
WTA – [1] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [LL] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)
WTA – [26] T. Zidansek (SLO) vs A. Tomljanovic (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – [21] C. Norrie (GBR) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [4] A. Rublev (RUS) vs T. Paul (USA)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) vs V. Golubic (SUI)
WTA – B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / I. Swiatek (POL) vs [2] S. Hsieh (TPE) / E. Mertens (BEL)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) / L. Sonego (ITA) vs [WC] J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [5] K. Krawietz (GER) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – ATP – J. Struff (GER) / A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Shapovalov (CAN)

STADIUM 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – T. Puetz (GER) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [2] R. Ram (USA) / J. Salisbury (GBR)
ATP – S. Gille (BEL) / J. Vliegen (BEL) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

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