Daniil Medvedev kept screaming and swearing, in a 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 1-6 defeat against Marton Fucsovics in the first round of Roland Garros on September 28.
“What should I do?”, Medvedev shouted at the coaching staff in Russian. “Tell me please. Because I really don’t know. What should I do to win a point? I’m asking you. I’m really asking.”
During the first two sets of the match against Fucsovics, Medvedev frequently swore, sometimes in French, sometimes in Russian. After losing the serve, he shouted again: “What should I do? Tell me, I really want to know. How do I win? After the game, he will tell me what I should do.” But I want to know right now. What do I do? I’m asking very calmly. “
Before the tournament, Medvedev was confident in his own ability to advance, with the perception that cold weather and high humidity in Paris would make the ball bounce lower than every year, consistent with his play style. But before Fucsovics, the Russian player could not dominate his opponent in a series of durable balls. Medvedev has 27 winner compared to 36 of the opponent, but has more mistakes.
The 1-3 defeat caused Medvedev to be eliminated in the first round of Roland Garros for the fourth time. He still hasn’t won a match at the clay Grand Slam. The most disappointing moment came at the end of the second tie-break set series. After losing points and being 3-6 lead, Medvedev smashed the racquet in his temper. He received a warning from the referee for the second time, and lost the next point, which meant losing a series of tie-break.
Medvedev is inherently hot-tempered and number four is well aware of it. The Russian tennis player’s coaching team always has the appearance of a psychologist. But yesterday, Medvedev let mental negativity overwhelm his expertise. The 24-year-old was eliminated, which means Novak Djokovic has less of a heavyweight opponent in the semifinals bracket.