Medvedev angrily swears at fan during Aus Open and forces apology
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Tennis star Daniil Medvedev was caught swearing at a fan during his 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 victory over American Marcos Giron in the first round of the Australian Open. His foul-mouthed language also prompted an apology from Eurosport commentator Simon Reed, before Medvedev went on to secure his place in the second round after a 90-minute victory.
Serving for the win at 5-2, Medvedev told a fan to “f**k off” according to the broadcaster as his language was picked up by the microphones. He was given a warning by the umpire, before closing out the win. On commentary, Reed was forced to apologise for the Russian: “Oh, sorry about the language. He didn’t say it loud but it was picked up.”
It was not the first time that Medvedev has had an altercation with the Australian supporters, as last year he accused the crowds of having a “low IQ” and described them as “disrespectful” for their reaction to his defeat to Rafael Nadal. This month he admitted that those comments were “not smart” and apologised before his latest outburst against Giron.
Eurosport pundit and British tennis icon Tim Henman described the exchange as “strange” and felt that he may have been prompted by last year’s incident. “It was a very strange time to react like that,” said the former British No. 1.
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“It was a very good performance but a really strange ending with the last two points with his reaction and swearing at someone in the audience. Maybe a bit of afterthought from last year.”
Henman was impressed by the 26-year-old’s performance, however, as he set up a second-round clash with Australian John Millman on Wednesday. “Medvedev was in a different class,” added Henman.
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“It’s very difficult to hit through him. When you are playing in lively conditions and the ball is bouncing up it’s tougher for Medvedev to control the ball but when it’s cooler then the ball is right in his strike zone and he can hit flat through the court. He was firing on all cylinders.”
Medvedev did not address his cursing after the match but admitted he was pleased with his performance. “I’m really happy with my level,” he said. “It’s never easy in the first rounds, you never know what the level is, I told my coach today I was playing really good in practice before the tournament, and then I step on the warm-up court today, and I’m like, the sensations are really different.
“It’s always like this, when the tournament starts it’s a new story kind of, so I’m happy I was able to play well, run well, was physically feeling great, and looking forward to my next matches.”
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