Daniil Medvedev joins Stefanos Tsitsipas on tour-leading stat
Daniil Medvedev is into the fourth round of Indian Wells for the first time, in addition to securing a season milestone.
The world number two dispatched 27th seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) to set a meeting with 23rd seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last 16.
In defeating the Serbian, Medvedev now has 50 wins in 2021, the second time he has claimed that many victories in a season.
Medvedev’s previous most prolific season came in 2019. He claimed four titles that year, including two at Masters 1000 level, and a win-loss record of 59-21.
The Russian now holds a record of 50-10 on the year, and could yet claim 60 season wins for the first time. Only world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas has more wins on the season, with 52. The two men are the first to reach 50 wins this year.
Medvedev has now reached at least the fourth round at seven of the nine Masters 1000 events. This includes all six played on hard courts.
He has only failed to achieve the feat at the Madrid Open and Italian Open, both played on clay courts.
Indian Wells is one of just two hard court Masters where Medvedev has not appeared in a final. The other is the Miami Open, where his best result came this year, reaching the quarter-finals.
Medvedev is the number one seed at Indian Wells. Should he win the tournament, it would bring his season tally of titles up to five. This would bring the US Open champion level on titles won in 2021 with tour-leader Casper Ruud.
However, all of Ruud’s crowns have come at ATP 250 level, while Medvedev has two ATP 250 titles, a Masters 1000 and a Slam title under his belt.
An Indian Wells triumph would be a fifth career Masters 1000 title for Medvedev.
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