'Just awful': Fans rage over 'disgusting' moment in US Open final

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Daniil Medvedev’s running battle with the US Open crowd continued in the final, booed as he walked out on court on Sunday.

Preparing to face off against Rafael Nadal in New York, Medvedev quickly realised he wouldn’t have the crowd on his side.

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Boos rang out around Arthur Ashe Stadium as the Russian walked out on court, continuing an ugly trend at Flushing Meadows this past two weeks.

Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal before the US Open final. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Fans flocked to social media to condemn the US crowd, which hasn’t exactly crowned itself in glory recently.

The poor treatment came despite Medvedev apologising to fans for his actions earlier in the tournament.

The booing started when Medvedev snatched a towel off a ballboy and then flipped the middle finger to the crowd during the tournament’s first week.

He initially embraced the boos and encouraged them, before apologising after his win in the quarter-finals.

“What I've done is not good," he said.

Daniil Medvedev was booed as he walked out on court. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Medvedev has been fined a total of $19,000 so far this tournament.

"So many people support me, but still so many people don't like me," he added.

"I can just say, I try to be myself.

"I have to say sorry guys and thank you."

The young Russian did manage to win over the crowd with his extraordinary comeback in final, which fell agonisingly short.

Nadal edges closer to Federer’s record

Nadal broke down in tears after winning a titanic battle to secure a fourth US Open crown and 19th grand slam men's singles title - edging to within one of Roger Federer's all-time record tally.

Confirming himself as much more than the king of clay, Nadal resisted a fierce fightback from Medevev to end the Russian's breakout run with an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 victory over the fifth seed in Sunday's final.

Only Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, with five titles each, have reigned more times than Nadal in New York in the 51-year open era.

"That's so important for me. This victory means a lot, especially the way the match became so difficult, so tough," Nadal said.

"I was able to hold the nerves because the nerves were so high. It's been a crazy match.

"It's difficult to speak. I don't know, I'm just emotional. Sorry."

The great Spaniard's four hour and 51 minute victory extended the dominance of tennis's big three of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic to 12 straight slams.

with agencies