“He Is Laughing at You”: Daniil Medvedev Loses It on Umpire During Clash With Alexander Bublik at National Bank Open 2021

Published 08/11/2021, 2:47 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Loren Elliott


Daniil Medvedev has provided a lot of entertainment on court for his fans with his comments. Fans got a glimpse of that during his National Bank Open match against Alexander Bublik as well, when the number one seed blasted the umpire and referee for snatching a point away from him.

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Daniil Medvedev does free promotion for Tennis TV against Alexander Bublik

Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Bublik were in the middle of an important point in the third set. A strong lead and a third consecutive game was in the Russian’s sight. However, the umpire decided to throw away his point and present an obvious comeback in that game. Medvedev was smashing the ball at Bublik from the net, and allegedly shouted “sorry” in the middle of the point.

As a case of hindrance and obstruction in the middle of a point, the point was given to Bublik. The Kazakh national had no clue as to what happened, and Medvedev found the decision to be stupid.

I had the ball to hit, you did not have any ball to hit. Can you imagine how stupid this call is? This is gonna be on Tennis TV bro,” said a frustrated Medvedev during his on court action.

He went further to show his annoyance at the umpire. “He is laughing at you. This is unbelievable what you have done. So what do we do, do we replay?

To Medvedev’s amusement, the point went against him and no replay was done.

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Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a shot against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in second round play in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Medvedev overcomes scare from Bublik

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As much as Daniil Medvedev’s on court drama and comments make a buzz, his game speaks for himself. A nervy start to his second-round match saw him trailing Bublik; however, he showed his true worth and justified his number one seeding at the tournament.

After going down 6-4 in the first set, Medvedev showed his class in the second and third set to register a comfortable win. He thanked the rain delay as it helped him change his game.

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Medvedev will be hoping to reach the finals and win the tournament for the first time in his career. This win will potentially determine his chances at the US Open later this month.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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