“Don’t Want to See Him Again”: Daniil Medvedev Furious at Journalist During Tokyo Olympics 2020 Press

Published 07/28/2021, 1:47 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his third round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy REUTERS/Mike Segar


Due to the unfavorable conditions, many athletes have struggled to find their natural rhythm at Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, its adverse effects came to the surface as second seed Daniil Medvedev met Fabio Fognini in the third round of the men’s singles tennis event. In addition to that, the heat carried on even after the match ended, in the press conference.

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Notably, the Russian looked quite comfortable as the battle for the quarterfinals spot began. He successfully converted two breakpoints against none and secured the opening set at 6-2.

Moreover, Medvedev’s clean hitting made it challenging for the Italian star to keep up in the scorching heat. After a long rally, Fognini even fell on the court to take a breather.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Fabio Fognini of Italy on the floor during his third round match against Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee REUTERS/Mike Segar

Nevertheless, the forty good minutes of the first set were over for Medvedev. As the sun rose higher, the Russian struggled furthermore.

As a result, the Russian lost grip on the match and gave away the second set to Fognini. Most significantly, Medvedev had to take two medical time-outs to beat the humidity. When the chair umpire asked him if he is okay, he said, “I can finish the match, but I can die. If I die, who will take responsibility?”

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As the decider set began, the nerves of both the players were settled, especially of Medvedev. Thus, he could again set up his control on the match as Fognini failed to keep up with him. Ultimately, the drama ended with the Russian closing the match comfortably as he began, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Daniil Medvedev of the Russian Olympic Committee in action during his third round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy REUTERS/Mike Segar

As if the heat wasn’t enough for the day, Medvedev encountered an abysmal question from the media. Consequently, the Russian dealt with it accordingly, articulating himself clearly.

The interviewer asked, “Are Russian athletes carrying a stigma of cheaters in these games and how do you feel about it?” Shocked from the question, Medvedev answered, “First time in my life I’m not gonna answer a question. You should be embarrassed of yourself. I think you should wire him from the Olympics, I don’t wanna see him again.”

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Purav Joshi

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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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