Daniil Medvedev, 5th in the world, qualified on Friday for the round of 16 of the US Open tennis after a new marathon match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez (61st) 7-6 (7 / 1), 4-6, 7-6 (7/9), 6-4.
"It's your energy that made me win, know it all, when you go to bed, that if I won it's thanks to you," he said to the audience who whistled copiously.
"The more you whistle, the more energy you give me for the next five games!", He said before leaving the court without even answering the questions for the audience of the speaker as it is become the use.
He put the audience to the back in the first set: while the collector handed him his napkin between two points, the Russian who did not want it ripped his hands to throw it in his face. The referee then gave him a warning and this time it's his racket that the Russian launched to his chair. The sequence ended with an obscene gesture that the public could see on the big screen …
"It was a difficult moment, I was losing my advantage … I paid for the rest of the match," Medvedev said an hour after the game.
He said he explained to Feliciano Lopez and his entourage that his attitude did not target them "and they said they understood," he added.
The next turns may be heated again for him in front of the public who might not have forgotten.
"I'm doing a job on myself and I hope I'll behave better next time," concluded the Russian angry who has been using a psychologist for months.
Still, he will be well in the 8th finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career and will face the German Daniel Koepfer (118th and qualifying).