Daniil Medvedev defeated Feliciano Lopez with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory in the final match of the match on Friday. His third-round win at the US Open was rewarded with a wink as the 23-year-old Russian approached Center Court for his post-match interview. Like every good sports villain, he not only enjoyed the hatred, but also did what he could to keep the mock spirits going.
Thank you all, for your energy today gives me the victory. Because if you were not here, boys, I would probably lose the match because I was so tired, I had cramps yesterday, it was so hard for me to play. So I want you all to know that I won because of you when you sleep tonight.
Once again, the only thing I can say, the energy you give me now, people, I think it will be enough for my next five games. The more you do this, the more I will win for you.
The anger of the New York crowd was not exactly made from scratch. It was the result of Medvedev, who added to his summary another collapse in court. It started in the first set, when he was an asshole for a ballplayer, and got angry when he was later punished for being an asshole.
The referee turned around so subtly as he passed his chair.
From there, the dam collapsed and for the rest of his game the crowd left him. Every point, winner or general stroke of luck was greeted with ridicule.
Medvedev left his heel-like person on the court and gave a more prudent answer to questions about his antics and the urge. By AP Sports:
"I was in the heat of the moment. I mean, it was hard to lose momentum, "said Medvedev. "It was hard and I do not really remember, I mean, I paid the whole game for it afterwards because, as you saw, it was not easy, I'm just glad I can win."
He was asked if he had any qualms about contesting this and the following games at the US Open with the crowd against him.
"Hard question to answer," he said, "because I can say that I'm working on myself and hopefully I'll be better next time. "
US Open entrants have the next opportunity to serenade the Russian on Sunday with Boos against 118th qualifier Dominik Koepfer.