It was a tough day for Daniil Medvedev at Indian Wells. The Russian star might have despised the hard courts before, but his disdain has now reached new heights. While dominating his quarterfinal match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Medvedev took a tumble that left him with a broken nail on his thumb.
The impact on the gritty surface was so severe that his thumb was bleeding, causing him to take an extended medical break.
As he received treatment for his injured digit, Medvedev could be overheard complaining about the speed of the courts. It was a clear indication of his frustration with the playing surface.
Despite the setback, the former world No. 1 showed remarkable resilience and composure, racing through the opening set to take a commanding lead. He lost just six points on his serve in the first set and pocketed it in just 39 minutes.
Despite the pain from his twisted ankle sustained in a previous match, Medvedev was determined to push through the pain and play his best. The injury did not stop him from giving his all on the court, and he was thrilled that his ankle was not causing him too much trouble.
His grit and determination were on full display, and he deservedly emerged victorious. It remains to be seen if the courts at Indian Wells will continue to be a challenge for Medvedev, but his resilience and skill on the court suggest that he will be a force to be reckoned with no matter what surface he plays on.