'Disrespectful': Daniil Medvedev triggers outrage after crowd taunt

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Daniil Medvedev (pictured right) taunting the crowd and (pictured left) embracing Jannick Sinner after their ATP Finals match.
Daniil Medvedev (pictured right) sparked outrage after appearing to taunt the crowd against rival Jannick Sinner (pictured left) during the ATP Finals. (Images: Getty Images/Bein Sport.

Daniil Medvedev has triumphed in a thrilling battle against late-entry Italian Jannick Sinner in a ATP Finals classic, but the enigmatic Russian was up to his old tricks as he taunted the crowd as the battle became fiery.

World No.2 Medvedev, already through to the last four, appeared to be heading for a crushing victory over Sinner when he romped through the first set 6-0.

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But Sinner, who replaced Italian compatriot Berrettini in the draw, changed tactics in the second set and delighted the raucous home crowd when his attacking net play allowed him to draw level at one-set-all.

The Russian had a chance to break Sinner to go 3-1 up in the third set but instead dropped his own serve to hand the Italian a 4-2 lead.

Sinner, after being broken straight back, squandered two match points in the tie break before Medvedev thundered a backhand down the line to clinch victory after two hours and 32 minutes.

However, in the tiebreak, Medvedev turned up his trolling.

Medvedev drew the ire of the US Open crowd in the past for mocking them when going for his opponent.

And the Russian took issue with raucous Italian crowd going for his young Italian opponent.

During the match, Medvedev crossed paths with Sinner and appeared to yawn.

In the tiebreak and facing match point, Medvedev put his hands to his ears as if to gesture he couldn't' hear them.

He then goaded the crowd to keep cheering for his opponent.

Moments later, Medvedev saved the match point and closed out the match.

The Russian embraced Sinner who appeared devastated after the loss.

However, fans took aim at Medvedev for his antics.

Djokovic sets up Zverev semi-final clash

Zverev will face Green Group winner Djokovic on Saturday for the fifth time this year. 

The 24-year-old German has been beaten by Djokovic three times this year, including in the last four of the US Open, but he defeated the Serbian in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics.

"I have played Novak in every single big hard-court tournament this year," the world number three said. 

"We are making a habit of playing in the later rounds at big tournaments. It is going to be an entertaining one."

Zverev was looking to make a statement in Turin, having won via a retirement in his first match against injured Matteo Berrettini before losing in three sets to Medvedev on Tuesday.

Alexander Zverev (pictured) celebrates after winning his singles Red Group Round Robin match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on November 18, 2021 in Turin, Italy.
Alexander Zverev (pictured) celebrates after winning his singles Red Group Round Robin match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland during Day Five of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on November 18, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images)

The 2018 champion certainly made his intentions clear in the first set against Hurkacz, breaking the Pole in the first game and racing to a 4-0 lead. It took Zverev only 27 minutes to seal the set 6-2.

In the second set Hurkacz hit a number of wayward forehands to hand Zverev a crucial break to lead 5-4, from which the German served out the match to set up a clash with Djokovic.

"Today was a tough match mentally because I needed to win, so I was 100 per cent focused," said Zverev.

"It was very up and down, and I am happy to be through and win in straight sets. You can always improve. The margins are always very small between the top players, but to win you have to do the details right. I hope I can do that on Saturday."

with Reuters

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