Daniil Medvedev reacts to US Open win over Novak Djokovic
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Daniil Medvedev earned the Russian Tennis Federation their second win of the day during their semi-final tie against Germany, and booked a spot in Sunday's (December 5) final against Croatia in the process. While the match was smooth sailing for the world No 2, beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-4, play came to a halt when the Russian suffered a nosebleed while a set-and-a-break up, and he was booed by the Spanish crowd following his victory.
The Russian Tennis Federation team has been one of the heavy favourites to win the 2021 Davis Cup Finals since the start of the event, thanks to their strong team with two top-five players as their two singles players.
Andrey Rublev kicked off the semi-final with a 50-minute victory over Germany's No 2 player Dominic Koepfer, winning 6-4 6-0.
It meant Medvedev could secure the Russian Tennis Federation a spot in the final against Croatia with a win in the second singles rubber against Struff.
The match was a more even affair than the first rubber of the day, but the US Open champion broke at a crucial time to go 5-4 up and serve for the opening set.
Daniil Medvedev pretended to stomp the crowd down in his celebration, with blood stains on his short (Image: Getty)
The 25-year-old then broke in the fifth game of the second set, and shortly after was forced to stop play when he suffered a nosebleed while leading by a set and a break.
Medvedev's nose had been bleeding since midway through the opening set until the end of the match, but stopped play in the second set to attempt to get a hold on the bleeding.
By the end of the match, blood stains were visible on his white shorts, as both men continued to hold before Medvedev clinched a 6-4 6-4 victory to earn Russia their first Davis Cup final since 2007.
The bizarre nature of the match continued after it was over, as the world No 2 could be seen making one of his trademark unique celebrations, gesturing the crowd to quieten down before walking across the court and stamping on it, as if he were stamping them down, as the Madrid crowd whistled and booed.
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The Russian took another opportunity to rile the fans up during his on-court interview, as he ignored a question to remind the crowd that the Russian Tennis Federation had managed to beat defending champions Spain in front of the Spanish crowd earlier in the week.
Asked how it felt to reach the final, Medvedev took a different route and responded: "Beating Spain was the highlight. Beating Spain in Madrid, for all of us, we were so happy in the locker room to beat the home favourites, it was a really nice feeling and I am really happy about it."
It wasn't the first time the world No 2 had riled up a crowd – on his way to the US Open final in 2019, he was famously booed during his third-round victory over Feliciano Lopez and basked in the jeers during his on court interview, telling the crowd: "I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight, I won because of you."
Play stopped in the second set when Daniil Medvedev suffered a nosebleed (Image: Getty)
Medvedev echoed the same sentiment in front of the Madrid Arena crowd following the Russian Tennis Federation's semi-final victory on Saturday, saying: "It started in 2019 but I'm not gonna be tired to say it, people still don't understand how to make me lose, they should support me, so it's ok, continue, I'm gonna just win."
The Russian Tennis Federation will now face Croatia in Sunday's final, after the Croats defeated neighbours Serbia in the first semi-final tie on Friday.
World No 274 Borna Gojo – who has been the revelation of this week's Davis Cup Finals in racking up his first three career wins over top 75 players – defeated world No 33 Dusan Lajovic, before Novak Djokovic kept Serbia alive with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Croatian No 1 Marin Cilic.
The tie came down to the decisive doubles rubber, won by the world No 1 doubles pairing of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, who defeated Djokovic and his partner Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-1.
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