Emma Raducanu was inspired by Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells fightback
Emma Raducanu has won three matches in a row for just the second time since her incredible run to the 2021 US Open title but she had to dig deep to turn her Indian Wells third round match around.
Raducanu had watched Daniil Medvedev reset after he had an appaling second set in his match against Ilya Ivashka.
Medvedev beat Ivashka 6-2 3-6 6-1, starting the decisive set in top gear.
Raducanu felt that she was able to play her best tennis in patches and she hopes for more consistency when she faces the World No 1 in the Round of 16.
“I think I played a really high level at some points of the match,” Raducanu said after the match.
“I think that I played extremely well in the first set and in the third set as well. There were some really good points and moments. I think overall the level increased in the third, and it was a battle from both of us.”
Raducanu played before the third round match between Swiatek and Andreescu so didn’t know for sure that she would be facing the World No 1, but she said she would be watching the match ‘as a fan’.
Raducanu enjoys watching other players go about there work and took some inspiration from watching Medvedev.
She said: “I started off really strongly, but a small dip in intensity or focus can lead to a 6-2 set, as you saw.
“Yeah, you just have to reset in the third, and it’s really just a shootout, and it’s almost easier to just think, okay, like one set, everything you’ve got. Really go for it. But you see it happen a lot in tennis.
“Like, I saw it last night with Medvedev.
“Yeah, I guess took maybe some inspiration from him doing that. Yeah, I feel like it is quite common,” Raducanu said after her win.
World No 13 Haddad Maia is also the highest-ranked opponent Raducanu has defeated since her US Open run.
Raducanu had lost her last six matches against top 20 opposition, claiming just one set across all of those contests.
While the first two sets were in the books in just 70 minutes, the pair duked it out for over an hour in the scorching heat to decide the contest in the third.
Raducanu needed four match points to eventually get over the line, but this run is undoubtedly a leap in the right direction for the British No 1.
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