Russian Medvedev challenged the French public with controversial gestures and was booed

Daniel Medvedev He gave the note at the ATP 250 in Metz and not precisely because of his tennis quality. In the duel valid for the round of 16 of the French competition against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the Russian tried controversial gestures towards the public present, who booed him after he threw his racket on the floor after a poor return of his own at the beginning of the third set (they were tied 1-1). He finally lost 6-4, 6-7 (7) and 6-3.

The 26-year-old Muscovite was enraged by his mistake in the first point of the third game (third set, which he finally lost and was the seal of his defeat) and bounced his racket against the cement. Seeing his attitude, dozens of fans present shouted their approval and immediately Medvedev gestured and jerked his thumb down at them. In addition, he shook his armpit with one hand, a reprehensible sign that could have several meanings: any of them, with a negative connotation.

The Russian was a bit nervous during what was his debut in the Metz championship, where he arrived as the first seed. The fourth best racket on the planet today fell to a 37-year-old Wawrinka who is ranked 284th in the ATP Ranking and had won in two sets against the Portuguese Joao Sousa in the previous instance. Now, in the quarterfinals, he will run into the Swedish Mikael Ymer, who has just left the French Adrian Mannarino and Gregoire Barrere on the road without losing a set.

so far this year, Medvedev could barely keep the ATP 250 in Los Cabos (Mexico), after defeating the British Cameron Norrie in the final. Meanwhile, he lost the final of the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal and two more decisive matches at the ATP 250 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) against the Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven and the ATP 500 in Halle (Germany) against the Pole. Hubert Hurkacz. In addition, he stepped into the semifinals of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati (United States) and Acapulco (Mexico).

The top candidates in the tournament are now the Pole Hurkacz (10th in the world), who got rid of the Austrian Dominic Thiem in two sets and is also the defending champion after his conquest in 2021 against the Spanish Pablo Carreño, and the Danish Holger Rune (31st), who eliminated the local Benjamin Bonzi (he retired in the second set). Out of a total of 18 editions, French tennis players stayed with the Metz ATP on 11 occasions, while the remaining 7 were for foreigners.


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