Engaged in a big fight against Grigor Dimitrov, Daniil Medvedev, who finally snatched the second set in the decisive game, received a time violation against the Bulgarian, because he refused to play under boos at the end of the second set. The Russian was jeered while serving for the set at 5-4 in this set. Frustrated at not having managed to conclude his two set points, the winner of the US Open 2021 swung his racket. The public obviously didn't like it.
He then asked the audience to be quiet, which provoked further booing. He then walked to his bench, sat down and waved his arms in the air to further excite the spectators, saying he would not play until the fans were quiet. Unsurprisingly the player's 'strike' only made things worse and Medvedev started complaining to the referee. “They whistle, I’m not going to play when they whistle. They are stupid, they stop whistling while I play. I didn’t do anything to make them whistle at me.” Everything then returned to normal when the referee sanctioned the fiery Russian with a time violation...
Daniil Medvedev took advantage of this incident to win the second set after a high-flying decisive game. In the third set, the Russian continued to have trouble with the Parisian public. He gave him, with the complicity of his racket, discreet arms of honor. Not far from reversing the situation in his favor after saving six match points, Medvedev ended up losing 2-7 in the tie-break of the third and final set. Frustrated, angry, he gave, once again, “subtle” middle fingers as he left the court. Under the boos of course.
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