Medvedev Overcomes Flickering Lights to Advance at Indian Wells

Medvedev Overcomes Flickering Lights to Advance at Indian Wells

Daniil Medvedev’s return to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was not without its challenges, but the former world No. 1 ultimately prevailed in his opening round match against Roberto Carballés Baena.

Medvedev, who has previously expressed his preference for faster courts, found the slower conditions at Indian Wells to be a bit of an adjustment. However, he was able to overcome the obstacles and secure a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

The match was not without its drama, as a flickering floodlight on Stadium 1 Court threatened to derail Medvedev’s momentum in the second set. The delay in action gave Medvedev time to reflect on the situation, and he admitted that he had noticed the flickering earlier in the match but had initially ignored it.

“During my match I kind of saw something flickering a bit but let it go,” Medvedev said in an interview after the match. “But at 4-3, I began focusing on the negative. I was receiving and the light was just flickering, flickering, flickering before my eyes.”

Medvedev’s frustration was evident as he called for the chair umpire and supervisor to address the issue. After examining the situation, they determined that they could not fix the problem, leaving Medvedev to continue playing under the flickering light.

“I was like, ‘Okay, If I lose I’m gonna blame it all on them,'” Medvedev added with a laugh.

Despite the distraction, Medvedev was able to regain his focus and win the final two games of the match. He will now face No. 29 seed Sebastian Korda in the third round, a rematch of their encounter at the 2023 Australian Open, which Korda won in straight sets.

Medvedev’s victory at Indian Wells is a positive sign for the Russian, who has struggled for consistency since losing his world No. 1 ranking in February. He will be looking to build on this performance and make a deep run in the tournament.

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