At the beginning of his career, Daniil Medvedev had many discipline problems on the pitch. The Russian tennis player regularly lashed out at the judges and sometimes even indulged in some unpleasant antics: how much is the story of coins thrown at the referee’s feet at Wimbledon worth?
However, the young Medvedev shone at the US Open. In 2019, the Russian experienced one of his craziest matches, coming to fight both with the referee and with the guests of the tournament. Daniel was lucky to get out with just a ticket.
“You are all weirdos”
In the third round of the 2019 US Open, Medvedev collided with the Spanish Feliciano López. The match did not portend a sensation: the Russians predicted an easy victory. The tennis player immediately seized the initiative, but with a score of 40:15 he managed to give his opponent the game.
The frustrated player couldn’t control his emotions and poured them out on the nearest ball boy. The reason for the breakdown was … a towel that the guy allegedly brought the athlete late. Daniil snatched it from the sand worker’s hands and flung it to the ground; he ran to pick up the towel, eyes wide with surprise. The judge made a remark to the athlete: in response, a racket flew at him.
– Hey, get off the tower, you weirdo! There’s nothing you can do there, you weirdo. You are all weirdos! shouted Medvedev.
The Russian managed to recover and win the set (7:6, 7:1), but the audience was furious at the athlete’s rudeness. Almost all of Medvedev’s actions on the pitch were accompanied by a roar of disapproval, while the success of his opponent was greeted with jubilation by the public.
With the score 5:5 and losing the rally, Medvedev finally had enough of it all. Then the Russian showed the public the middle finger. The tennis player was saved because the referee was not looking at him at the time, but the broadcast director managed to catch the episode. The guests at the US Open were even more furious.
“I want to thank the public”
Daniel lost the second set (4-6), but after that he still recovered. Not even the whistle from the stands prevented the Russian! Medvedev first took the third game from the Spaniard in a hard fight in the tie-break (7-6, 9-7), and then confidently put an end to the match (6-4), earning himself a ticket to the next stage. of the tournament. After the victory, he addressed the public in corporate style:
“I want to thank the audience. Guys you are the best. You gave me all this energy. Yesterday I had a difficult game and I was exhausted, but you gave me strength. All this gave me strength. Thank you! When you go to sleep tonight, remember that I won because of you. The more you do it, the more I earn. I hope this energy of his will be enough for another five matches,” he said.
True, Medvedev did not manage to go unpunished. Although no serious penalties were imposed, the Russian had to pay a $9,000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The energy that the stands charged him really lasted Daniel for a long time. The tennis player confidently outplayed Koepfer in the next round and then beat the experienced Wawrinka and Dimitrov, reaching the first Grand Slam final of his career. In the decisive battle, the young athlete lost to Rafael Nadal – their incredibly intense duel unfolded in five sets and lasted almost five hours.
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