Daniil Medvedev blasts Aus Open organisers over 'ridiculous' snub

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Daniil Medvedev, pictured here taking aim at Australian Open organisers in his post-match press conference.
Daniil Medvedev took aim at Australian Open organisers in his post-match press conference. Image: Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev took aim at Australian Open organisers on Monday after he once again missed out on playing on Rod Laver Arena for his fourth-round clash with Maxime Cressy.

The top seed at Melbourne Park after the deportation of World No.1 Novak Djokovic, Medvedev was shunted to Margaret Court Arena while Aussie star Alex de Minaur played Jannik Sinner on Rod Laver.

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Medvedev has only played one match on centre court so far at the Open - his second-round victory over Nick Kyrgios in which he called for spectators to "show some respect".

The World No.2 downed a persistent Cressy 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 7-5, but felt the task would have been easier against the serve-volley specialist with more room to move on centre court.

The US Open champion felt he deserved better treatment, questioning why he wasn't afforded centre court status on Rod Laver in his post-match press conference.

"I really don't know what I should do to play on centre courts in grand slams," the 25-year-old said.

"I won the last grand slam and I'm the highest seed here so to play against Maxime would be easier on Rod Laver with more space.

"When you play on a smaller court it's tougher to play someone who does serve and volley than on a bigger court.

"Maybe I have to ask every time but I don't want to be the guy who asks every time 'put me on Rod Laver or I'm going to be unhappy'."

Fans were also left questioning what more Medvedev had to do to get on centre court.

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In a tense affair, Cressy was able to see off nine of Medvedev's 12 break points, including eight in the fourth set which left the Russian fuming.

"It's simply unbelievable how lucky he is getting," he shouted mid-match.

In the end, Medvedev had enough class to advance to a final eight meeting with young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who conquered Croatian Marin Cilic 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Medvedev had six break points early in the fourth set - even gifted a direct second serve due to a time violation - but he was unable to bank one to clear ahead until late in the piece.

Daniil Medvedev, pictured here speaking on court after his win over Maxime Cressy at the Australian Open.
Daniil Medvedev speaks on court after his win over Maxime Cressy at the Australian Open. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"It was long, it was not easy," Medvedev said.

"Only the first set I managed to sprint in front of him and all the other sets were a tough fight.

"If I didn't win the fourth one I would have been in a tough mental place because I had so many break points - I just wanted to make one."

In other fourth round action, 20-year-old Italian Sinner sent De Minaur crashing out 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 to underline his status as a future heavyweight.

Eyeing his first major grand slam semi-final appearance, World No.10 Sinner will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas after the fourth seed saw off American Taylor Fritz 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a gruelling five-setter.

with AAP

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