Djokovic : Daniil Medvedev was close to the Australian Open title on Sunday, but in the final, leading in two sets, he lost to Rafael Nadal. After the game, the Russian tennis player gave a monologue, saying that due to the difficult relationship with the fans in Melbourne, the child inside him died. The world admires Nadal and supports (but not all) Medvedev – MK-Sport has collected a reaction to the AO-2022 final and the events after it.
On Sunday, January 30, one of the greatest finals of the Australian Open took place – Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev was close to the Grand Slam title, but leading Rafael Nadal 2-0 in sets, he lost to him with a score of 2-3. The greatness of the Spaniard is undeniable – this is his 21 titles “BS”, and according to this indicator, he has already outstripped Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
During the match in Melbourne, Medvedev noted the hostility of the stands, and after the final he said that “the child inside him died” and that he now doubts whether he should play in the Grand Slam tournaments.
“Now I play only for myself and to provide for my family, and for the sake of those who believe in me. Of course, I will play for Russia – because I feel great support from there.”
Such a monologue by Medvedev confused fans and experts, and Nadal was the first to speak with words of support, who urged Daniil not to give up:
“I think he will play. Of course, it’s hard to lose such a match. And they supported me very much, so it was even harder for him, and I sympathize with him. But he just needs time to recover. He’s a big champion and a great guy. We are well acquainted with him, and I’m sure he still experiences all these incredible emotions, and people will appreciate his skills, understand him as a person, and still cheer for him.
Former top 25 tennis player Jamie Hampton criticized Medvedev for his emotions at a press conference: “A player who provokes the stands is upset when the stands are provoked lol understandable. He decided to follow the path of Djokovic. I partly understand what he means; stands are brutal. But to say that the child in you is dead? Funny”.
In general, Medvedev, despite not having the best reputation among the fans, was supported in the world. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea : called a top player, and Novak Djokovic praised the Russian’s “passion and determination”.
In our country, Medvedev is admired and, of course, supported. Especially after the words that now he will play for his family and Russia.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov predicted: “The greatest Russian tennis player? Now it’s me and Safin. But in five years it will be Daniil Medvedev.”
Zenit football player Artem Dziuba did not hide his emotions: “Stunned. Phew. Still great, of course, Nadal. Federer is tougher. But Medvedev is huge… The bear doesn’t care… Danya is the best. I think Daniel has a great future. He will give to everyone. Yes, Nadal, of course, a strong-willed guy. But Danya, of course, is a beast. Still beautiful, the best. Nadal is a legend anyway. Yes, great.”
Khimki midfielder Denis Glushakov supported Medvedev after the final: “I’m going to break my racket! Despite the defeat, Danya is still handsome! The entire tournament handled pressure and criticism from the entire stadium! There will be another revenge. Bravo, maestro.”
Tatyana Navka admired Daniel: “Cool! Handsome! With a capital letter you are a champion, Danya! And I am sure that you will still win, as Nadal said, at least a couple of trophies at the Australian Open.
Journalist Vasily Utkin emphasized the greatness of Medvedev’s rival: “What an amazing match in the Australian Open final. How incredible Nadal is. What an amazing combination of animal, bodily, instinctive and human – will, dignity, intelligence. He still has more to include than our Medvedev. He’ll still take it. And today we saw how the great champion took and turned the match, in which, as it seemed, he was destroyed. The real greatness of Rafael Nadal.”
Dmitry Svishchev , Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports , believes in Medvedev’s success in the future: “It’s a pity that Daniel failed to win the final. But we all saw how prohibitively played his opponent – Rafael Nadal. Daniil is only 25 years old, and he is already one of the leading tennis players in the world, he led this match. I would like to thank Medvedev for the emotions he gave to our entire country. Medvedev is the real flagship of our tennis, I am sure that big victories are still ahead of him.”