Daniil Medvedev has once again showed why he is one of the sport's greatest entertainers, and villains, having sparked bizarre crowd scenes at the Madrid Open. Medvedev was looking for his 300th career win and it couldn't have come in more dramatic fashion having defeated Alexander Shevchenko 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
Medvedev was stunned in the first set as his unforced errors started to pile-up. This saw the Russian take a break in the flower bed at the Madrid Open.
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After he lost the set with a wayward forehand the Russian found himself heading back to the bench. However, as we have seen him do on numerous occasions, Medvedev wasn't impressed with the crowd and goaded them to cheer more for his opponent as he gestured to his ear.
This sparked backlash for the Russian who waved for the crowd to get louder. But as always, Medvedev fed off their energy and came out in the second set on fire as he broke Shevchenko and levelled the match.
After two hours and 42 minutes, Medvedev brought up match point with one of the most incredible passing shots of his career. Forced to guess the side Shevchenko would take the early backhand on, Medvedev read it correctly and hit a low-driving backhand winner.
The crowd stood up to applaud Medvedev as he took a bow to the four corners of the arena to finish off the entertaining match. Medvedev brought up his 300th career win in dramatic fashion at the Madrid Open.
Fans were left utterly thrilled and entertained with Medvedev's antics with the World No.3 fast becoming the must-watch player on tour. Whether you like him or not, Medvedev continues to provide entertainment week in and week out.
Every Daniil Medvedev match is a movie pic.twitter.com/MDBH7qVxEF
— Bastien Fachan (@BastienFachan) May 1, 2023
Error-strewn first set from Daniil Medvedev. 22UEs in total.
Crowd booing..Daniil cups his ear. We've seen this before.
— TennisSection (@Tennis_Section) May 1, 2023
Tennis needs Medvedev.
— Rosa Pereira (@pereira_rosa) May 1, 2023
Another one for the “Daniil Medvedev loves to hang out with the plants during the clay season” folder. pic.twitter.com/aFqIGiKSXq
— Owen (@tennisnation) May 1, 2023
Spanish crowd is disrespectfull
— Nemanja Ugljesic (@UgljesicNemanja) May 1, 2023
Daniil Medvedev addresses crowd antics
In his post-match press conference, Medvedev addressed the crowd behaviour. "You know, I hit the racquet a little bit after the first set. I was disappointed with some mistakes," Medvedev said of his frustration.
"So they [the Madrid crowd] started booing. I was, like, yeah, come on, let's do it more. But then when you play a good point you also can put them on your side." Medvedev also brought up Holger Rune's match, which saw the young Danish player booed after a controversial moment. And Medvedev said he feels booing is 'part of tennis' at the moment.
"I actually watched Holger yesterday without the sound, so I thought that something is happening, but I watched it without the sound," he added. "So I heard that something happened. I didn't see it. "I mean, again, it's all about did you deserve it or not? I don't think Holger did anything yesterday. So, yeah, that's disappointing.
"Sometimes you deserve it, sometimes not. Probably, you know, I hit the racquet a little bit, so maybe I deserve it. One time I took a challenge, they started booing. 'What, you don't want me to take a challenge?'"
"I feel like also sometimes the crowd right now in tennis, for whatever reason, I don't know, maybe it was like this before also, comes for this excitement."
A day earlier, Rune was involved in an argument with the chair umpire over the crowd.
The two argued over a hawkeye call - which favoured him - as Rune went over to the mark on the other side of the net and his foot appeared to go very close to where the ball landed. This prompted fans to react with anger with many angry Rune was trying to 'erase' the mark.
Rune's actions fired up the crowd. The Danish player was heckled from this point onwards with fans cheering faults and double faults during the match.
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