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Frustrated top-class Daniil Medvedev mocks fans as he appears to make a monkey gesture to the crowd at Moselle Open during massive defeat to world number 284 Stan Wawrinka
Russian tennis player and former world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev angrily mocked some of the French fans who had booed him for throwing his racket during a three-set defeat to Stan Wawrinka at the Moselle Open in Metz on Thursday.
Wawrinka took a 6-4 6-7(7) 6-3 win to reach the quarter-finals, but not before trying to calm the top-class player Medvedev, who also made a gesture to suggest that the crowd was crazy.
Russia’s Medvedev lost his cool after going down 2-0 in the deciding set and bouncing his racket off the field, prompting some fans to express their dismay by whooping.
The 26-year-old world No. 4 responded by giving the audience two thumbs down and mocking their booing, which only grew louder as more spectators joined in.
Medvedev followed that up with a gesture he made by waving his hand under an armpit, either calling the crowd monkeys or making a comment about their hygiene, which later seemed to emulate a monkey call.
The chair umpire and Wawrinka tried to calm the crowd, but Medvedev was not ready, gesturing as if to say the fans had gone mad, before the game resumed.
Russian tennis star and former world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev lost his composure in France on Friday
After throwing his racket to the ground, Medvedev made gestures to mock the French crowd
Wawrinka’s stunning upset will see him reach the quarterfinals. The 37-year-old from Switzerland improved to 2-2 all-time against Medvedev. It was his first win against a top-10 player since 2020. He has missed 12 months of play since March 2021 after a tendon injury
“We always have great fights,” Wawrinka said in his court interview. He’s at the top of the rankings. One of the best players and nicest person off the field so it’s always fun to play against each other.
“I am very happy with the level of play I performed. For moments like this I did everything I could to come back.’
The former world No. 1 from Russia had nine aces, but was hurt by 12 double faults. Wawrinka then takes on Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, who beat Gregoire Barrere from France 6-4, 6-3.
Medvedev fell to Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, who now advances to the quarter-finals