Australian Open: Daniil Medvedev wins regardless of coach strolling out
Daniil Medvedev’s coach ran out while the Russian fought in the fourth set
Daniil Medvedev’s coach ran out as the Russian extended a two-set lead before winning a fiver for the first time in the third round of the Australian Open.
The fourth seed finally beat Filip Krajinovic 6: 3, 6: 3, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 0.
Medvedev yelled at his box repeatedly as he went down 4-1 in the fourth game – coach Gilles Cervara eventually picked up his bag and left.
He did not return to see Medvedev dial back in to dominate the decisive sentence.
“He said shortly before leaving that he was sure that I would win the match, but he will leave to calm me down,” said Medvedev of Cervara’s departure.
“Sometimes I might disagree, but this time it sure was a good thing.
“It helped today and we will definitely talk a little bit about it, but it’s not a big deal.”
Medvedev, one of the favorites against defending champions Novak Djokovic, yelled in French, Russian and English as the game against the Serb got out of his grasp.
He also complained about the spider camera in Melbourne Park, saying it interfered with his serve and once shouted, “These Australian Open sucks.”
After complaining of buttock pain, he was given medical time out on the fourth set and then won the last set without dropping a game in just 25 minutes.
Medvedev, who won the 2020 ATP final at the end of the season, has often drawn attention to his antics on the pitch.
He was booed during the US Open in 2019, where he made it to the finals, and he later admitted that the crowd spurred him on.
“Sometimes I’m a very spirited person on the pitch so it still comes out and it usually doesn’t help me play well,” he said.
“Now I think I’ve already taken great strides to work on my mental strengths.”
There are no crowds at the tournament after Victoria state put in place a five-day emergency lockdown on Saturday.
Medvedev will play Mackenzie McDonald Next, the American Lloyd Harris from South Africa beat 7: 6 (9: 7): 6: 1: 6: 4.
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced to beat Mikael Ymer of Sweden 6-4 6-1 6-1.
He will play the eighth seed Matteo Berrettini after the Italian ousted Karen Khachanov from Russia with 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).
Casper Ruud was the second Norwegian – after his father Christian – to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
Ruud defeated Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-1 5-7 6-4 6-4 and will play Andrey Rublev Next, the Spaniard beat Feliciano Lopez from Spain 7: 5: 6: 2: 6: 3.
Ruud’s father reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 1997.
Rafael Nadal beat British Cameron Norrie in straight sentences to arrange a meeting in the fourth round Fabio Fogniniwho ousted Alex de Minaur from Australia with 6-4 6-3 6-4.