Daniil Medvedev offered an olive branch to the Australian Open crowd after his straight-set win over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp
The second player in the world through the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Botic van de Zandschulp earlier on Saturday, and then made sure to fall into the grace of the home support after drawing attention for telling them that show respect after his second-round win over Australian favorite Nick Kyrgios.
Medvedev, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, earned a straight victory over the world number 57 by a score of 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round, and then used his microphone time. to offer an olive branch to the fans who packed the Margaret Court Arena.
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« I was hoping they would be a little easier on me.Medvedev said after being booed by the pro-Kyrgios crowd during their second-round match.
« I’ll put it this way, it’s easier to play a Dutchman than an Australian in Australia in Melbourne. Every good relationship has its ups and downs, so I think it’s good and it’s fun and it’s real, there’s a relationship going on.. »
Medvedev ruffled some feathers when he slammed fans who were jeering at him between sets, later telling broadcaster EuroSport that ” disappointing the boos probably came from fans who “ have a low IQ.
The actions, or rather the soundtrack, of the fans throughout the tournament also drew criticism from British tennis great Andy Murray, and even Kyrgios, with Murray describing the fans’ tendency to shout ” Yes!‘, a chant associated with Cristiano Ronaldo, such as ” incredibly irritating« .
« It’s fun, it’s real. It’s not like “hey guys, whatever is fine, I’ll see you next time”, there’s a relationship going onMedvedev added in his post-match interview.
« I hope to be able to come here for many more years. As I said, I don’t think there are only good moments, but I hope there are more good ones than bad ones, otherwise it won’t work.. »
Medvedev, who is the favorite to win the tournament after the expulsion of Serbian Novak Djokovic, will face Australian Chris O’Connell or American Maxime Cressy in the next round.
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