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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday March 10, 2023

Medvedev Cruises

Daniil Medvedev claimed his 15th win on the trot under Friday night lights at Indian Wells.

Photo Source: DDF Tennis

Daniil Medvedev is running so hot that even cold, chilly conditions can’t keep him from dominating. The Russian cruised to his 15th consecutive win on Friday night at Indian Wells, braving a blustery evening as he waltzed past up-and-coming American Brandon Nakashima, 6-4, 6-3.

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On a day that saw ATP stalwarts Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini sent packing, Medvedev held it down on Stadium court in style, earning his 20th victory of the season and setting a third-round clash with Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.

Medvedev improves to 7-5 lifetime at Indian Wells, and even though he believes that the slow-playing conditions in the Californa desert don’t suit him very well, he still likes his chances if he continues to play at the high level he has kept since he took the court in Rotterdam in February at the start of his 15-match winning streak.

He ran the table in February and is off on the right foot in March.

Asked if he felt he could win the title at Indian Wells, Medvedev said: “I think I can win, honestly – I have to believe I can win anywhere… I'm sure on a good day I can win any tournament in the world, because, well, I managed to win different ones many times.”

Medvedev feels the conditions at Indian Wells are very similar to clay. He was pleased that he made it through a match without dropping serve.

“I felt like clay court sometimes are faster,” he said. “It's challenging. There are some people that can play good there, but we see a lot of upsets always in Indian Wells, a lot of top players struggling. I have the confidence right now, so want to try to keep pushing this confidence and try to make at least my best result in Indian Wells.”

Medvedev won 14 of 19 second serve points and saved all six break points he faced against Nakashima. He broke serve three times from seven opportunities.

No.3-seeded Casper Ruud (d. Schwartzman) and No.6-seeded Andrey Rublev (d. Lehecka) also advanced on Friday, along with 10th-seeded Cameron Norrie.

14th-seeded Frances Tiafoe made light work of Marcos Giron while 12th-seeded Alexander Zverev, 13th-seeded Karen Khachanov and 23rd-seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina also moved through in straight sets.


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