Daniil Medvedev found himself in the center of a bizarre incident at the Flushing Meadows in the semi-final clash against world number 3, Dominic Thiem. Additionally, Medvedev was not able to challenge his own serve, which ultimately proves to be a turning point in the game.
The Russian’s serve was incorrectly called in and was he not given an opportunity to challenge it.
In the first set, when Medvedev was running behind in the first set by 3-2, a line judge missed on his first serve. After this, he lost onto his serve as the server got broke. “I said it before the shot,” he told the umpire when his long serve was called good.
Additionally, after he was refused from challenging the serve, he went to the other side of the court, to show the judge the point where the ball landed. However, it was a violation of tennis law. This leads to more heat on the court.
“My Sincere Apologies To US Open For Crossing The Net”- Medvedev
“It is a joke, US Open,” he then said to a group of officials sat at courtside. “US Open is a joke, right? “What did I do to get a code violation?”
Moreover, Medvedev also made use of his sense of humor and sarcasm to express his anger and frustration. He said, “Oh yeah, I think I killed someone, right? ‘My apologies. My sincere apologies to US Open for crossing the net. Oh my God. My sincere apologies ref. It is okay? It’s okay? Sorry, sorry.”
Besides, he also added, “You guys sit near the court all the time, you don’t do anything. You don’t do anything.”
Moreover, the match ended in a loss for Medvedev to Dominic Thiem by 6-2, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5). While he gave a tough competition to Thiem in the second and third sets, Medvedev couldn’t overcome the setback and lost the match.
The No.2 seeded in US Open went pass Medvedev in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5) to reach the finals, wherein he will face Alexander Zverev.