Daniil Medvedev has come under fire from tennis fans after an unpleasant moment with his coach at his loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Halle Open final.
Hurkacz delivered an impressive performance to defeat the World No. 1 on Sunday, winning 6-1, 6-4 to claim the grass-court title in the run-up to Wimbledon.
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Medvedev cut a frustrated figure when he fell into a hole 0-5 in the first set and angrily yelled at his coach in his courtside box.
At the start of the second set, Medvedev once again shouted angrily at French coach Gilles Cervara, who promptly left his seat in the stands and stormed out of the stadium.
After the match, Medvedev apologized to the crowd for “not making this match longer and more interesting” and admitted that “it was not easy to be with him on court” this week.
He thanked his wife for staying with him, with Daria Medvedev remaining on his set after Cervera left.
Despite the apology, Medvedev was criticized by tennis fans for his “shameful” and “disrespectful” behavior.
Hubert Hurkacz looms as Wimbledon dark horse
Hurkacz, who reached the semifinals at Wimbledon last year, warmed up perfectly on Sunday for this year’s tournament which begins June 27.
Hurkacz’s display will also have given great encouragement to Nick Kyrgios, who pushed the Pole all the way in his semi-final on Saturday before losing in a decisive tie break.
Kyrgios’ serve was unbroken during the loss to Hurkacz, but the World No. 12 was also magnificent on his own serve and continued his brilliant form on Sunday, breaking constantly as Medvedev struggled to deal with his excellent returns.
It was his fifth ATP title overall, captured after just over an hour on the court.
“I am very happy with the victory,” said the first Polish winner in Halle after the match.
“He’s the best player in the world. So it’s very difficult.”
The Pole’s booming serve caused Medvedev big problems and Hurkacz said he was now “confidently” looking forward to Wimbledon.
“I was serving well. I had the momentum,” he added.
It marked a heavy loss for the second time in a row in a final for Medvedev, who also lost in straight sets to Tim van Rijthoven last Sunday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Hurkacz, who had never before won a grass-court tournament, also defeated Medvedev at Wimbledon last year before ousting Roger Federer.
Medvedev cannot compete at Wimbledon this year after the organizers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine.
In the meantime, Matteo Berrettini looks in top form for another deep run at Wimbledon.
The Italian retained his Queen’s Club title on Sunday by beating Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 in the final, backing up his title in Stuttgart last week.
Berrettini heads to the All England Club having won 20 of his last 21 games on grass; his only loss came against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last year.
The Italian joined Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez in winning multiple titles at Queen’s since the turn of the century.
“There are too many emotions. The last thing I expected after surgery was two titles in a row and defending my title here. I just can’t believe it,” he said.
“Every time I walk the halls here and see all the names of the champions from the past, and now knowing it’s me, twice on the same wall, it gives me goosebumps.”
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