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How booed US Open villain won back fans


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Nine days ago Daniil Medvedev was public enemy number one at the US Open, with the New York crowd mercilessly booing him following an ugly incident with a ball person.

Fast forward to the men's singles final against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, and after showing remarkable fight on the court and a lovable sense of humour, Medvedev had the Arthur Ashes Stadium chortling along at his jokes and giving him a resounding applause in appreciation of his performance on the night.

"Third set when I was break down, I was thinking, 'OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say? Something like this'," he said after the nearly five-hour-long match against the world no.2.

"I was like, 'OK, OK, just fight for every point, don't think about these things. It worked out not bad.

"Was I close to winning? Yes, one set away. I mean, had break points at 5-4.

"I will remember everything of it.

"I will be disappointed with the result but I will be happy with the way I played the whole summer, the whole US Open."

But it wasn't all smiles a week and a half ago.

Finalist Daniil Medvedev (L) of Russia is interviewed

Back in the third round during his win over Feliciano Lopez, the entire arena turned on Medvedev when he aggressively snatched at a towel offered by a ball person. That earned him a code violation from umpire Damien Dumusois, prompting Medvedev to toss his tennis racquet at the direction of the umpire and argue the decision. He was also seen flashing his middle finger to the official as he walked by.

Throughout the rest of that match he was booed and jeered by tennis fans in attendance, a reaction which inspired a stunning comeback and a sarcastic thank you from Medvedev post-match.

"I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight I won because of you," Medvedev said over loud, persistent boo-birds.

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"Thank you all, guys. Because your energy tonight gave me the win. Because if you were not here guys I would probably lose the match.

"I was so tired I was cramping yesterday. It was so tough for me to play.

"So I want all of you to know, when you're asleep tonight, I won because of you.

"The only thing I can say is the energy you're giving me right now, I think it will be enough for my five next matches.

"The more you do this [boo], the more I will win for you guys. Thank you."

Medvedev trolls the US Open crowd

On Sunday in New York, it was a different Spaniard that Medvedev was up against, but his incredible run in the tournament had since won back some of the fans that were booing him in the Lopez match.

The Russian 23-year-old might not have been the victor against Rafael Nadal in the five-set decider, but he came away a crowd favourite after a tumultuous tournament.

When he addressed the crowd after accepting his finalist trophy, there's no doubt he had done a full 360 in the hearts and minds of those watching.

"When I was looking on the screen and they were showing [Nadal's grand slams], number one, number two, number 19, I was like, 'If I would win, what would they show?'" Medvedev joked, prompting laughs from the fans.

Nadal beats Medvedev in 2019 US Open final

He described the atmosphere on court as "electric" and said he had no hard feelings against the New York audience, before giving a more genuine thank you for the support he had received en route to the final.

"You were booing me for a reason. I never said that it was not," the new world no.4 said.

"But you can see that I can also change because I'm a human being. I can make mistakes.

"Again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."

Nine days ago Daniil Medvedev was public enemy number one at the US Open, with the New York crowd mercilessly booing him following an ugly incident with a ball person.

Fast forward to the men's singles final against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, and after showing remarkable fight on the court and a lovable sense of humour, Medvedev had the Arthur Ashes Stadium chortling along at his jokes and giving him a resounding applause in appreciation of his performance on the night.

"Third set when I was break down, I was thinking, 'OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say? Something like this'," he said after the nearly five-hour-long match against the world no.2.

"I was like, 'OK, OK, just fight for every point, don't think about these things. It worked out not bad.

"Was I close to winning? Yes, one set away. I mean, had break points at 5-4.

"I will remember everything of it.

"I will be disappointed with the result but I will be happy with the way I played the whole summer, the whole US Open."

But it wasn't all smiles a week and a half ago.

Finalist Daniil Medvedev (L) of Russia is interviewed

Back in the third round during his win over Feliciano Lopez, the entire arena turned on Medvedev when he aggressively snatched at a towel offered by a ball person. That earned him a code violation from umpire Damien Dumusois, prompting Medvedev to toss his tennis racquet at the direction of the umpire and argue the decision. He was also seen flashing his middle finger to the official as he walked by.

Throughout the rest of that match he was booed and jeered by tennis fans in attendance, a reaction which inspired a stunning comeback and a sarcastic thank you from Medvedev post-match.

"I want all of you to know when you sleep tonight I won because of you," Medvedev said over loud, persistent boo-birds.

https://twitter.com/whitelinefervor/status/1167612415317614592

"Thank you all, guys. Because your energy tonight gave me the win. Because if you were not here guys I would probably lose the match.

"I was so tired I was cramping yesterday. It was so tough for me to play.

"So I want all of you to know, when you're asleep tonight, I won because of you.

"The only thing I can say is the energy you're giving me right now, I think it will be enough for my five next matches.

"The more you do this [boo], the more I will win for you guys. Thank you."

Medvedev trolls the US Open crowd

On Sunday in New York, it was a different Spaniard that Medvedev was up against, but his incredible run in the tournament had since won back some of the fans that were booing him in the Lopez match.

The Russian 23-year-old might not have been the victor against Rafael Nadal in the five-set decider, but he came away a crowd favourite after a tumultuous tournament.

When he addressed the crowd after accepting his finalist trophy, there's no doubt he had done a full 360 in the hearts and minds of those watching.

"When I was looking on the screen and they were showing [Nadal's grand slams], number one, number two, number 19, I was like, 'If I would win, what would they show?'" Medvedev joked, prompting laughs from the fans.

Nadal beats Medvedev in 2019 US Open final

He described the atmosphere on court as "electric" and said he had no hard feelings against the New York audience, before giving a more genuine thank you for the support he had received en route to the final.

"You were booing me for a reason. I never said that it was not," the new world no.4 said.

"But you can see that I can also change because I'm a human being. I can make mistakes.

"Again thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."

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