Tennis is a very high-octane game, and if you are not careful, it can get under your skin. This happened with Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open semi-final on Friday.
The issue took place towards the second set of the match. After winning the first set in a dominating manner, the Russian found himself lagging in the second when he went to the referee complaining about Tsitispas receiving coaching during the match.
According to the US Open champion, his opponent received instruction from his father, sitting in the crowd. His appeal went unheard for the first few times, and the Russian lost his head during the break.
In the microphone, he was heard saying, “His father can talk every point! Are you stupid?” he asked the referee. “Oh my god! You are so bad, man! How can you be so bad in the semifinals of the Grand Slam.”
Even during the match, the crowd was against the Russian as he marched towards another Grand Slam final. The commentators were heard talking about a large Greece contingent present in the stadium, which was annoying Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev continues his incredible run in the tournament
However, Daniil Medvedev was not going to falter, not at such a big stage. He had won the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6 (7-5) and lost in the second one 6-4. After which, he had an outburst with the referee.
Putting it all behind him, he fought hard to regain the upper hand in the third set. In a closely fought third set, he pips Stefanos Tsitsipas by six games to 4.
The match was definitely tilting in favor of Medvedev, and the fourth set was definitely customary. Chasing the Medvedev for most of the game, Tsitsipas finally gave in. As a result, the final set was not a competition at all.
Daniil Medvedev won the game 4-1 and marched on to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. It was a riveting encounter as well.