'Insanely crazy': Daniil Medvedev's confession after wild outburst

Daniil Medvedev apologised to the chair umpire for his angry outburst during Friday night's Australian Open semi-final. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev apologised to the chair umpire for his angry outburst during Friday night's Australian Open semi-final. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev says he regrets his angry outburst at the chair umpire during his semi-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday night.

The Russian world No.2 ripped into the umpire after being handed a code violation, protesting that Tsitsipas' father had been coaching his charge from the sidelines.

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His ugly rant saw him come under intense scrutiny from tennis fans, many of whom felt he had a point about the coaching issue, but that his highly disrespectful exchange with the umpire crossed a line of sportsmanship.

Speaking after the match, Medvedev conceded he'd overreacted, but also said he'd come a long way from the 'insanely crazy' antics of his past.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed playing the antagonist throughout the tournament, starting with his second round victory over Australian star Nick Kyrgios.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, Medvedev admitted he'd gone too far when speaking to reporters after the 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4 6-1 win.

"I think we can say it was funny, but I was definitely out of my mind," he said.

"I was not controlling myself any more about anything, and that's actually why I'm really happy to win ... you lose your concentration a lot when you get in these heat of the moment things.

"I was like, 'oh, my God, I'm just completely losing the fibre of this match' ... I'm so happy that I managed to catch it really fast."

Medvedev talked down his accusations, admitting he was annoyed to lose his serve and that Tsitsipas wasn't "cheating" but that the chair umpire had no way of knowing what his opponent's father was telling his charge.

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Medvedev had been adamant that Tsitsipas's father and coach Apostolos was giving his son illegal advice between points, something his Greek rival was eventually given a violation for.

He screamed at the experienced Jaume Campistol, asking if he was "mad" and "stupid" and if "his father can talk every point?".

"If you don't (issue a code violation) you are - how can I call it? - a small cat," he said before storming off court after losing the second set.

After he won the crowd back with another cheeky on-court interview after his win, Medvedev admitted in that moment he thought he'd made a huge mistake.

Daniil Medvedev says he regrets his semi-final outburst against the chair umpire at the Australian Open.
Daniil Medvedev says he is working to improve his mental toughness after his emotional outburst in Friday night's semi-final. (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP via Getty Images)

Asked about his opponent in the final, Rafael Nadal, Medvedev said he would need to be at full concentration for the duration of the match, praising the Spaniard's composure.

Medvedev can now become the first man in 55 Open seasons to win a second major title in his next grand slam appearance if he defeats Nadal.

"He's like the perfect guy, you know," Medvedev said.

"I'm actually really respectful to players who never, almost never, show their emotions because it's tough, it's tough.

"I can get really emotional. I have been working on it ... if we look back at myself five years ago when I started playing ... there was less attention on me, but I was just insanely crazy.

"So I do regret it 100 per cent, but again, in the heat of the moment, I just lost it."

With AAP

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