A thrilling three-set match saw Monfils pull out all the tricks to defeat Medvedev in Indian Wells. This result knocks Medvedev off the number one ranking, with Novak reclaiming the spot. 

Daniil raced to the topmost position after stellar runs at the beginning of the season up until Djokovic’s loss in Dubai. But as expected, he couldn’t hold on for long. In a post-match presser, Meddy had this to say about his short stint as number one. 

“You never know how your career is gonna turn. Is it better to be No. 1 for one week in your life or never touch it? I think it’s still better to touch it. To have this achievement in your career is still a good thing”

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Monfils’ Resurgence

Both players held on their serves in the first set. Until Med won 10 points in a row to clinch the opening set, breaking to love at 4-4 and then serving it out in the next game. Charging into the second set, Monfils began to find more consistency with his baseline blasts. As the match progressed, the Frenchman broke down the World No. 1, racing to a 4-0 lead in the final set, twice battling through deuce to break.

Medvedev did not push for a comeback due to the pressure Monfils had put on and the errors that soon crept into his game. Monfils ended the match with a backhand winner to earn his second win over a number one player since 2009. He will now face Spanish Carlos Alcaraz who defeated Bautista-Agut 6-2, 6-0