“I thought this was the end.”
Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells is a performance. It’s drama, it’s comedy, it’s tragedy. It’s all at once.
But he continues to win. Already won 17 matches in a row. In the 1/8 finals, Daniil forced out a victory over Alexander Zverev in three hours – 6:7 (5), 7:6 (3), 7:5.
Medvedev again scolded slow courts – they piss him off terribly
Zverev is not the most comfortable opponent for Medvedev. Daniil lost to him six times in 13 matches, and in general they are very similar: they love to counterattack, they serve powerfully, they are most successful when they force themselves to play aggressively.
Therefore, there was a lot of hard physical struggle in exchanges in the game, and in the first set Medvedev lost it a little more. Especially in the tie-break, where I made a lot of unnecessary mistakes.
After the game, it turned out that the slow courts of the Californian desert were to blame for everything. Daniil attacked the judge with his usual complaints about the speed of coverage:
“This is a disgrace to the sport. You can’t play here, it should be banned. And it is also called hard. How unpleasant to call this terrible court hard.
I’ll go to the toilet and I don’t care about the warning – I’ll be slow like this court. At least five warnings.
If we are allowed to play on such a court, I allow myself to do whatever I want.
In the course of the second game, he was also indignant:
“ATP doesn’t check the court well. It’s not hard. Let them write that this is a very slow court. People need to know. It’s not hard. I know hard – I’m a specialist.
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