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Published: 1057 GMT February 02, 2022

Medvedev rubbishes Nadal, Djokovic, Federer claim

Medvedev rubbishes Nadal, Djokovic, Federer claim

Daniil Medvedev has bemoaned the lack of support he feels he and other tennis stars of his generation receive from crowds in comparison to their older rivals. Speaking after his Australian Open final defeat, the Russian revealed his belief that those who suggested he would be part of a new wave of fans' favourites were "lying".

Medvedev missed out on sealing back-to-back Grand Slam titles as he suffered defeat at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the final, the Express reported.

The younger star went two sets up and looked like he would be cruising to victory, but Nadal produced one of the most memorable comebacks of his astonishing career to make history.

As is often the case when one of men's tennis' 'big three' are in town, there was a bumper crowd in attendance with the majority cheering on the Spaniard.

The same has regularly been true of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic whenever and wherever they have played, as they are regarded as titans of the sport.

Medvedev is the world number two and at the very forefront of the generation which will carry the torch when Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are no longer on the tour.

But he feels those like him were promised that crowds around the world would recognise their burgeoning status at the top of the sport and get behind them – a promise that has not been fulfilled.

"When I also started to get just a little bit higher, like top 20, top 30, started to play Roger, Novak, Rafa. We made some tough matches. I haven‘t beat them yet," he said.

"There was a lot of talks. I don’t think there is that much right now, but I remember there were a lot of talks, young generation should do better, or there were talks like people saying we really want young generation to go for it, to be better, to be stronger.

"I was like pumped up. Yeah, let‘s try to give them hard time and everything.

"Well, I guess these people were lying because, yeah, every time I stepped on the court in these big matches, I really didn’t see much people who wanted me to win."

It is not the first time that Medvedev has taken a swipe at the crowd Down Under in the last two weeks alone.

In his post-match press conference, he embarked upon a long monologue in which he suggested that it is his nationality which turns people against him.

"Before Rafa serves even in the fifth set, there would be somebody, and I would even be surprised, like one guy screaming, C'mon, Daniil," he explained.

"A thousand people would be like: ‘Shush’, that sound. Before my serve, I didn't hear it. It's disappointing. It's disrespectful, it's disappointing. I'm not sure after 30 years I'm going to want to play tennis.

"I think nationality plays a key. I can definitely see when you play somebody from the other country, they would go for them and not for the Russian."

And, earlier in the event he took a pop at the crowd while on court at the Rod Laver Arena and later suggested many of them had "low IQs".

"I came to win this match and I am happy that I managed to do it," he said after his second round victory over home favourite Nick Kyrgios.

"That's the only choice when you are booed between first and second serves."

Even after being told by the interviewer that the sound he had heard was the "siuuu" noise made popular by football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo, Medvedev stood by his belief.

"What I'm saying is, between first and second serve. It's not easy," he added.



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