Daniil Medvedev has come under fire from tennis fans after an ugly moment with his coach in his loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Halle Open final.
Hurkacz delivered a stunning performance to down the World No.1 on Sunday, winning 6-1 6-4 to claim the grass-court title in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
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Medvedev cut a frustrated figure as he fell into a 0-5 hole in the first set and angrily yelled at his coach in his court-side 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 he was “not easy to be with on the court” this week.
He thanked his wife for sticking by him, with Daria Medvedev remaining in her set after Cervera had walked out.
Despite the apology, tennis fans took aim at Medvedev over his ‘shameful’ and ‘disrespectful’ behavior.
Hubert Hurkacz looming as Wimbledon dark horse
Hurkacz, who made the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, warmed up perfectly on Sunday for this year’s tournament beginning on June 27.
Hurkacz’s display will also have given huge encouragement to Nick Kyrgios, who pushed the Pole all the way in their semi-final on Saturday before losing in a deciding tiebreak.
Kyrgios’ serve went unbroken during the loss to Hurkacz, but the World No.12 was also magnificent on his own delivery and continued his brilliant form on Sunday, breaking constantly with Medvedev struggling to deal with his excellent returns.
It was his fifth ATP title overall, captured after just over an hour on court.
“I am very happy with the win,” the first Polish winner at Halle said after the match.
“He is the best player in the world. So it is very tricky.”
The Pole’s booming serve caused Medvedev huge problems and Hurkacz said he was now looking forward with “confidence” to Wimbledon.
“I was serving well. I had the momentum,” he added.
It marked a second-consecutive heavy defeat in a final for Medvedev, who also lost in straight sets to Tim van Rijthoven last Sunday at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Hurkacz, who had never previously won a grass-court tournament, also defeated Medvedev in his Wimbledon run last year before toppling Roger Federer.
Medvedev is not able to compete at Wimbledon this year after the organizers decided to ban Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini looks in prime shape 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 triumph in Stuttgart last week.
Berrettini is heading to the All England Club having won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass – his only loss coming against Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final.
The Italian joined Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez in being a multiple title winner at Queen’s since the turn of the century.
“There are too many emotions. The last thing I expected after a surgery was two titles in a row and to defend my title here. I just cannot believe it,” he said.
“Every time I walk in the hallways here and see all the names of the champions from the past, and now knowing it’s me, twice on the same wall, gives me goosebumps.”
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