“Don’t Have Favorites Except Roger, Rafa, and Novak”: Daniil Medvedev Gives His Take on Wimbledon Championships 2021 Crowd

Published 07/02/2021, 3:41 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 27, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Florian Eisele


Second seed Daniil Medvedev has reached the Wimbledon Championships 2021 third round after beating 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Despite the uncomplicated scoreline, the match produced some exceptional rallies and point-making. Moreover, the battle involved the crowd on Court 1, who chose to support the young Spaniard.

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Chiefly, at 3-5, Alcaraz recovered his break when Medvedev served for the opening set. This suddenly got the crowd going. However, immediately after, the Russian broke the Spaniard again to win the first set. Then, as a celebration, he pointed his finger towards his ears, taunting the fans in the house.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Paul Childs

Inarguably, crowd interactions are one of the things that make sports entertaining. Ergo, Daniil enjoyed it every bit and even revealed why he rates British fans at the Wimbledon at the top.

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Daniil Medvedev explains his reaction to the crowd supporting Carlos Alcaraz

In his post-match press conference, Medvedev began by speaking about his liking to get involved with the fans. Then he explained why British fans are the ‘most rational ones’ according to him.

“First of all, I love to interact with the fans. I feel like British fans in Wimbledon are the most, how we can call it, rational ones because they don’t have the favorites except, of course, Roger, Rafa, and Novak, which is normal. And they go for everybody,” Medvedev said.

Furthermore, he stated his surprise when fans rallied behind Alcaraz as he made a few errors. And so when he confirmed a break again, it was mini revenge for him. Yet, he did not forget to mention that they even supported him.

“But again, they support everybody very well, and that’s why I like Wimbledon,” Medvedev concluded.

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Who will Medvedev play next in the Wimbledon Championships 2021?

Notably, Medvedev has never passed the third-round test at Wimbledon in his career. He will try his hand at this once again by taking on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his first round match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff REUTERS/Paul Childs

To sum up, the Russian has had a perfect start to his Wimbledon 2021 campaign so far. With disciplined performances and by enjoying on the Grounds, Medvedev has a fair chance to go deep this time. Not to mention, the No. 1 ranking is also for taking if he wins the title.

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Do you think Medvedev will go on and dethrone Serbian Novak Djokovic as world No. 1?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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