Daniil Medvedev’s ‘love for clay’ short-lived as he makes eventful Madrid Open exit
Daniil Medvedev continued his love-hate relationship with clay as he crashed out of the Madrid Open, going down in three sets against Cristian Garin in the third round.
The world No 3 is the first to admit that he is not a fan of the red dirt and he made his feelings about the surface clear during his second-round win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday, but by the end of that match he very much “loved clay”.
However, his feelings have no doubt done a 180 degree swing as Chilean Garin claimed the biggest win over his career with a 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 victory in two hours and 21 minutes.
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Garin broke once in the opening set and, after no breaks in the second set, Medvedev drew level via the tie-breaker. However, that was as good as it got for the Russian as Garin broke twice in the decider.
It was another frustrating day for Medvedev as he was given a verbal warning for arguing with spectators while he also had treatment for a nosebleed.
Trying to stop Medvedev’s nose bleeding pic.twitter.com/wF4CA3eU35
— Oleg S. (@AnnaK_4ever) May 6, 2021
Garin will face either Matteo Berrettini or Federico Delbonis in the quarter-final.
Top seed Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem had no problems to reach the last eight as the former brushed aside Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3.
🇪🇸 @RafaelNadal is 40-0 v. qualifiers and 10-0 v. Aussies on clay.
— #MMOPEN (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 6, 2021
Second seed and reigning US Open champion Thiem beat Australian Alex de Minaur 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.
“There were many long rallies, [which is] exactly what I need right now,” Thiem, who will face John Isner for a place in the semi-final, said. “I am very, very happy again with my performance… It was nice. I love the conditions, the court and the tournament.”
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