Alexander Zverev's ugly act after insane thriller against Daniil Medvedev

The Russian wasn't having it from the crowd during an epic late night finish.

Daniil Medvedev and Zverev in a frosty handshake and Medvedev gesturing towards the crowd.
Daniil Medvedev (pictured right) entered into a battle with the crowd during his intense win over Alexander Zverev at the Monte Carlo Masters. (Images: @TennisTV)

Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have played out an epic at the Monte Carlo Masters, with the Russian's antics appearing to perturb the German and resulting in a frosty handshake after the match. On a drama-filled day in Monte Carlo after Novak Djokovic crashed out, Medvedev overcame Zverev 3-6 7-5 7-6 in a late night finish.

However, Medvedev wasn't going to allow the intense match go by without showcasing his usual antics, having entered into a running battle with the crowd. Medvedev lost the first set, with Zverev producing some of the form that took him to the Roland Garros semi-final in 2022.

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Medvedev appeared set to crash out with Zverev serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but the Russian managed to break and rattle off three games to level the score. This saw the Russian attempt to quell the crowd as he gestured for them to be quiet after the comeback.

"Just playing the part of the villain pretty well," the commentator said of Medvedev's antics. The time had ticked past 11pm as Medvedev and Zverev took each other to a tiebreak in the battle of nerves.

Zverev earned two match points - one after a fortunate net bounce - which infuriated Medvedev as he lashed the ball into the back wall. However, the Russian came up big on both points and managed to carve out a match point of his own.

And he didn't let the opportunity go to waste as he came to the net and finished off the German in an absolutely epic encounter. The victory marked the first time since 2019 Medvedev had defeated a top 20 player on clay.

But the drama wasn't over as Medvedev went to put his hand out to Zverev for a warm embrace after the epic, but Zverev barely made eye contact as he brushed past the Russian. "Not a lot of love between the two," the commentator said after the moment.

Zverev could have been upset at Medvedev's antics in the second set or his opponent's attitude towards the crowd, which put him off his rhythm. Regardless, fans reacted to the bizarre scenes after the clash in Monte Carlo.

Medvedev also wrote 'cold' on the camera in his sign-off after the match. Many speculated on whether he was referring to the handshake or the weather during the match.

Daniil Medvedev's unusual antics in Monte Carlo

Medvedev was also up to his usual antics during the game, which could have frustrated Zverev. Moments before the German was serving for the match, at the change of ends, Medvedev walked past the net and pulled out the singles post.

The move was truly bizarre and prompted the chair umpire to jump down off his platform and question Medvedev's reasoning behind the silly outburst. Whether Medvedev was just showing his frustration, or trying to distract his opponent, the moment was unique.

Daniil Medvedev hits a forehand.
Daniil Medvedev (pictured) defeated Alexander Zverev in an epic Monte Carlo Masters match. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Medvedev will now take on Holger Rune in the quarter-final as he looks to win his first ever clay court Masters event.

Elsewhere, Djokovic was left fuming at the chair umpire and booed by the crowd after a controversial call went against him in his shock loss to Lorenzo Musetti on Thursday. The World No.1 was dumped out of the clay-court tournament by his Italian opponent, going down 6-4 5-7 4-6.

Djokovic suffered a surprise loss in the second round - ending his quest for a record-extending 39th Masters 1000 trophy. The match didn't come without controversy, after Djokovic was dudded by a brutal umpiring mistake in the second set.

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