Daniil Medvedev smashes racket after losing against Alex de Minaur: ‘My attitude was not good enough’

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Alex de Minaur claimed his first-ever win over a top-five player as he upset Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters and the Russian left the court with a few boos ringing around the arena after he took his frustration out on his racket.

World No 25 De Minaur took the opening set of the second-round encounter, but Medvedev appeared to have found his A-game when he drew level to take it to a decider. He then endured a nightmare final game to go down 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 46 minutes.

The Australian broke in game 10 of the first set, but the 2021 US Open champion hit back with breaks in the opening game of the second set and in game eight.

Medvedev also started the third set with a break in the first game, but De Minaur drew level in game four and then had two match points on the world No 3’s serve in game 10 with the Russian saving both.

After a love hold, De Minaur gladly accepted Medvedev’s gifts as the fourth seed served two double faults to hand the win to his rival.

Before the post-match handshake, Medvedev decided to smash his racket on the court and had some words with crowd, who started booing.

“De Minaur played very well. He didn’t miss much. He did the right choice many times. I had my chances, didn’t use them. So credit to him,” Medvedev said after the match.

He added: “I was not at all talking to the umpire about the crowd. In my opinion, the crowd was nice, supporting both players, 50/50, always nice. In my opinion, the umpire didn’t do a good match, but I’m not criticising.

“It’s like, he did a bad match like I can do a bad match, for example. At the end my attitude was not good enough. I can admit it. But in my opinion, he didn’t make a good match. I like [chair umpire] Nacho [Forcadell], and I like him as an umpire. I’m talking only about today.”

It was a first win over Medvedev in five attempts for the Australian, who faces Frances Tiafoe next after the 16th seeded American beat Jack Draper 6-3, 7-5.

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