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Danill Medvedev debuts as No. 1 with easy victory at Indian Wells

TENNIS: MAR 12 BNP Paribas Open

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 12: Daniil Medvedev reacts to a point during the BNP Paribas Open on March 12, 2022 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, CA. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Daniil Medvedev defeated Tomas Machac 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, the Russian’s first tournament since ascending to No. 1 in the world.

Medvedev made quick work of his Czech opponent, finishing Machac off in just over an hour. The Russian won 80% of his first-serve points and saved the lone break point he faced.

Earlier this week, Medvedev received a trophy commemorating his status atop the ATP Tour rankings. He displaced Novak Djokovic, who wasn’t allowed to enter the U.S. to play because he’s not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medvedev is among players from Russia and Belarus competing at Indian Wells without flags, symbols or anthems as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The decision to eliminate national identity was made by the International Tennis Federation and both tours.

Also in action Saturday are Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka.