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“I Was An Idiot” – Daniil Medvedev Regrets Recent US Open Antics

After a string of fines, the world No.5 has said he wants to make amends for his recent behaviour.

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Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has said he is working to be a ‘better person’ as he seeks to end his bad boy image with the fans at the US Open.

 

The fifth seed made headlines during his third round clash after seemingly trolling the crowd following his win. He was subjected to heckling during the match after being seen snatching a towel from the hands of a ball boy before throwing it away. He was also shown on the stadium screen as putting his middle finger up to either the umpire or crowd.

“Talking about the last match, I was an idiot, to be honest.” Medvedev said on Sunday. “I did some things that I’m not proud of and that I’m working on to be a better person on the court because I do think I’m a good person out of the court.”

The antics didn’t go unpunished with Medvedev being fined $9000. $5000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4000 for his finger gesture. Earlier in the tournament, he was also docked $7500 in the first round for verbal abuse and $2500 in the second for equipment abuse.

23-year-old Medvedev hoped that his latest match helped ease his frosty relationships with fans at Flushing Meadows. In the fourth round, he dismissed German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(2). Sending him through to the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time in his career.

“During my match I was completely focused. After the match, I engaged a little bit with the crowd. But we all know how the New York crowd can be. It’s probably the most electric crowd in the world, I think.” He said.
“Especially playing this week on big courts, I could feel it. Today I was just engaging with the crowd and hopefully — hopefully it was fun for them and for me. As I said, it gave me a lot of energy to win.”

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There are concerns over how the body of the world No.5 is holding up. Coming into the major, he had featured in three ATP finals within as many weeks. Winning the Cincinnati Masters. Medvedev took pain killers prior to his clash with Koepfer and has numerous parts of his body taped up.

“My abductors were tight, so that’s why I had the tape on the adductor. My shoulder was quite painful at the end of the match with (Feliciano) Lopez. That’s why I had the tape on the shoulder.” He explained.

Three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka will be the next test for Medvedev. This Swiss player moved into the last eight after Novak Djokovic retired two sets down due to a shoulder injury. It is the second time he has reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam this season after the French Open. The only previous meeting between the two was back in 2017 at Wimbledon, where Wawrinka prevailed in four sets.

“Totally different. Grass, I was young, I was less experienced, so I was on fire that match.” Medvedev commented on that loss.
“I think that Stan also in Grand Slams, he’s playing right now better than on other tournaments.”

Medvedev is bidding to become only the second Russian man to reach a US Open final after Marat Safin in 2000.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.

 

 

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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.

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Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.

 

The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.

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Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg

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Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.

 

Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.

 

 

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