Daniil Medvedev makes hilarious confession during press conference – ‘I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal’

Daniil Medvedev press conference

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do to watch tennis and that is exactly what Daniil Medvedev is doing in New York in order to watch US Open matches.

The season-ending Grand Slam is not freely available on television in host country the United States and the 2021 champion admitted after his win over Alex de Minaur that he has to get creative in order to watch matches in his hotel room.

During his post-match press conference, Medvedev was asked if he is going to watch Frances Tiafoe’s clash against Ben Shelton and replied: “Funny, I was waiting for this question because I guess in a lot of hotels they have Spectrum.

“So I cannot watch it on TV anymore. But I don’t know if it’s legal or illegal but I have to find a way because I cannot watch it on TV. So I go on internet and probably this how you call it, pirate websites or something.

“So I watch tennis there as I have no other choice. But at the same time sometimes I do want to watch some series. So I’m like do I put it on the phone or not? So I watched [Novak] Djokovic with [Laslo] Djere till it was 2-0 and then I had to go to sleep.

“I’m probably going to watch it if they don’t play too late. [I will watch on] my phone if Spectrum and this state don’t find the agreement.”

Up next for Medvedev is his good friend Andrey Rublev, who is also the godfather of his daughter, after the eighth seed defeated Jack Draper in four sets.

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The all-Russian battle for a place in the semi-final will be fierce on Wednesday, but once all is said and done they will still be friends.

“I think we’re really close friends and I think we have great relationship, even if on the court we’re big competitors,” the former world No 1 said.

“So I do think one match could be when I say a fight, like we could talk or something like this, I think nothing is going to come between us to separate us in real life. We’re really close. I mean, we share a lot of, let’s call it interests and stuff like this.

“It’s great to have someone like this on Tour because sometimes it is not easy. You travel, travel, travel. And to have a friend like this is great. But again, on the court, we both want to win and we’re not going to be friends in two days.”