Daniil Medvedev threatens to ‘sue’ after colliding with camera at Cincinnati Masters
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Daniil Medvedev lost his first match of the North American hard court swing as he threatened to “sue” after running into a camera. The world No 2 was dominating his semi-final clash with Andrey Rublev until he collided with a camera at the back of the court mid-rally in the second set. The 25-year-old then told the umpire he could have broken his hand before falling in three sets as his compatriot won 2-6 6-3 6-3.
Medvedev has been unstoppable so far since arriving for the US Open series events, winning in Toronto last week and making it to the semi-finals in Cincinnati.
He looked to continue his unbeaten run as he ran away with the first set but let his frustrations get the better of him after colliding with the camera at 1-1 in the second set.
The Russian then kicked the camera in frustration after it was stood back up and asked for it to be removed.
When chair umpire Nacho Forcadell told him he was unable to make that call, Medvedev said he almost broke his hand, before threatening to “sue” over his injury.
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He then took a medical time out, telling the umpire: “Call the physio, I cannot play.”
While receiving treatment on his left hand, the 25-year-old continued to mutter: “I’m gonna sue”.
The outburst appeared to be the turning point in the match as Medvedev no longer looked unstoppable.
Rublev had never beaten his friend and compatriot, losing all 13 sets they had previously played.
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After a long game at 4-3 in the second set, shortly after Medvedev’s outburst, the 23-year-old managed to break before holding his serve to take the match into a decider.
He then went a break up in the third set, and was able to break the world No 2’s serve for a second time in the final game, winning the match and booking a place in his second Masters 1000 final.
Following his first win over Medvedev, he said in his on court interview: “It’s always tough to play against Daniil and to beat him, I think it gives me a bit more confidence.”
The eight-time title winner said the match felt a lot closer than the score line suggested, adding: “Even inside I was thinking when I was 6-2, the score shouldn’t be like this.
“Even the third set, I was 6-3, I mean the match was so intense.
“Super mental match, super physical match, exactly like a chess match.”
The world No 7 made his first Masters final earlier this year in Monte Carlo, during a stunning run that saw him beat King of Clay Rafael Nadal.
He was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who himself claimed his first Masters title with the win.
Rublev could face Tsitsipas once again in tomorrow’s final, with the Greek set to face Alexander Zverev in the second semi-final on Saturday (August 21).
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