The tennis star Daniil Medvedev had a tantrum after colliding with a camera in the field during his match against compatriot Andrey Rublev at the Western & Southern Open.
The Russian duo faced off before the US Open, with Medvedev winning the first set, before the unfortunate moment occurred.
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Medvedev collided with the camera during a rally and, visibly annoyed with his positioning on the pitch, pushed the goal with his foot before complaining to the referee: “I could have broken my hand “.
The world n ° 2 then needed a medical time out to treat his left hand.
Whether that inhibited him was not clear, but fourth-seeded Rublev came back for a first career victory over his friend, winning 2-6 6-3 6-3.
Fans on social media were somewhat stunned by the incident, with Sportsnet’s Lukas Weese reporting that Medvedev raised camera positioning with officials earlier in the tournament.
“He is furious with the tournament referee, after hitting his hand against the camera behind the field,” Weese wrote.
“He says he raised this issue, since he’s so far behind the baseline.”
Others weighed in on the bizarre moment as well.
Despite the loss to Rublev, the first time in Medvedev’s career that he lost to his Russian counterpart, the world number 2 nonetheless felt confident as the US Open approached.
With a slew of big names set to be absent from the tournament, the 25-year-old is one of the biggest hurdles for Serbian star Novak Djokovic to finish the Grand Slam calendar.
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The world number 2, who fell to Rafael Nadal in an epic five-set final at Flushing Meadows in 2019, is guaranteed not to suffer the same fate this year after the Spaniard retired due to a throbbing foot injury.
In addition to Nadal, former champions Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin Del Potro will also be missing in New York.
“I’ll try to do my best. If I manage to keep the level I’m playing now, I have a good chance of going far,” Medvedev told reporters after crushing Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6- 1 to reach the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open on Friday.
But the important-serving Russian said he knew anything could happen on the sport’s biggest stages.
“One day you might feel less well,” said Medvedev, who complained about the sweltering heat of the Tokyo Olympics before falling in the quarter-finals.
“You are going to have an opponent who is going to play the best game of his life.”
And while these other titans of the game are out of sight, the most dangerous player in all of tennis, world No.1 Novak Djokovic, will be particularly motivated.
The Serb travels to New York with the aim of completing a calendar grand slam and winning a record-breaking 21st men’s grand slam title.
“Certainly, Novak will be the biggest contender,” Medvedev said.
“He’s winning almost every Grand Slam tournament right now. He’s already won 20. He’s experienced. He’s a level. I’m not going to lie.
“So he’s the man under pressure, but I think he likes it. Some guys under pressure can crack. He’s not Novak. So he’s definitely the main contender,” he said. , noting that if they did meet, it would be in the final as they will be on either side of the draw.
“When I play well in New York, I can have good results, and of course, yeah, I want to win it,” he said.
The US Open runs from August 30 to September 12.
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