‘This is unbelievable’: Star’s ugly meltdown
Russian superstar Daniil Medvedev suffered an ugly meltdown during his third round encounter with Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic on Saturday afternoon.
Medvedev comfortably claimed the opening two sets on Rod Laver Arena before Krajinovic staged a classy comeback to take the match to a fifth.
The No. 4 seed’s frustration became apparent in the fourth set when he repeatedly yelled towards the player’s box, prompting his coach Gilles Cervara to leave the venue.
According to reports, Medvedev was asking Cervara to “just let me play”, regularly indicting for the coach to be quiet.
“He said just before leaving that he’s sure I’m gonna win the match, but he’s gonna leave me alone to be more calm,” Medvedev said after the match.
After Krajinovic took control of the fourth set, Medvedev screamed, “Unbelievable, this is unbelievable.”
😡 "THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!" 😡
Daniil Medvedev is losing the plot in the fourth set! 😬
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Bruh. Medvedev is…imploding. Dostoyevsky-level fatalism on display.
Appreciate how much of Medvedev’s meltdown is happening in English today. #AusOpen
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The Russian rediscovered his mojo in the fifth set, claiming a bagel to qualify for the fourth round.
Incredibly, it was the first time Medvedev had won a fifth set in his entire professional career.
Medvedev is now undefeated from his last 17 professional matches, and will come up against unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald in the fourth round on Monday.
Daniil Medvedev lost his temper.Source:AFP
VEKIC BREAKS DOWN AFTER COMEBACK WIN
Croatian tennis star Donna Vekic has pulled off a remarkable comeback victory over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on Saturday afternoon to qualify for the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Kenepi raced to an early lead on Margaret Court Arena, claiming the opening set before going up 3-0 in the second.
But the 24-year-old Vekic managed to take the second set to a tiebreak, eventually winning the tightly-contested encounter 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.
The No. 28 seed broke down after the victory, the exhausted athlete wiping away tears in the post-match interview.
This one meant a lot ❤️@DonnaVekic #AusOpen | #AO2021 pic.twitter.com/wtx64e35Qz
Donna Vekic defeats a tough out in Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Big win. Hard fought win.
“I’m pretty relieved and happy right now,” Vekic said.
“It was a tough match. She was playing unbelievable the whole match, but I just had to fight until the end and I’m just happy to be through.
“I think the ice bath is waiting for me.”
Vekic struck 38 winners and 34 unforced errors in Saturday’s clash, also managing four aces.
She will face America’s Jennifer Brady in the fourth round on Monday for a spot in the quarterfinals.
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