‘I Get Crazy With the Crowd’ – Daniil Medvedev’s Rare Fan Love Throws Him Off as He Admits Shock After Clinching 1st Round Victory at Wimbledon

Published 07/06/2023, 12:07 AM EDT

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Russian tennis phenomenon Daniil Medvedev gave a scintillating performance in the opening round of Wimbledon 2023. He sealed a resounding victory over Arthur Fery. But the admiration and appreciation he gained from the stadium was just as unforgettable; his fiery on-court persona usually incites the opposite emotion. Thus, the third seed was pleasantly taken aback. He humbly acknowledged the warm reception in his post-match interview.

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In his interview, Medvedev touted his unwavering professional demeanor. He unfurled an array of engrossing shots en route to a 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 triumph. Despite the 20-year-old Fery’s valiant efforts, the superiority of the seasoned player was undisputed. With his stellar beginning, Medvedev is poised to stage a conquering campaign at the grand tournament.

Daniil Medvedev shares his unforeseen love at Wimbledon court

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In his recent match, Daniil Medvedev was taken aback by the incredible level of support he received from the crowd. The Russian tennis star had a history of contentious relations with spectators but managed to surprise even himself with this unexpected adoration. In a post-match interview, Medvedev admitted to his “genuine surprise”.

The remarkable reception of support for Medvedev from the Wimbledon audience is a scarcity that Medvedev has rarely experienced. He has had a past replete with moments of belligerence and altercation with spectators.

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According to the Tennis Podcast tweet, Medvedev shared, “I honestly didn’t know which reception I would get. It was just unbelievable, guys.” Medvedev also explained, ” I need to be honest. I’m not loved everywhere for who I am – sometimes I get crazy on the court, sometimes I get crazy with the crowd – it was an amazing feeling to be back here.”

Despite his early success in many tournaments, Medvedev’s track record at Wimbledon has proved to be less than stellar. The 27-year-old has only reached the fourth round there once, and last year was unable to take part due to a ban on Russian players.

The sheer magnitude of affection and confidence is sure to have a meaningful influence on his demeanor. The unforeseen care and ardor of the spectators could act as a driving force for Medvedev to bend his nature upon a more promising and motivated course, thereby improving his court game.

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Patrick Mouratoglou had defended Medvedev’s actions amidst a hostile French Open crowd a few weeks ago

In a sport where the crowd’s support can be pivotal, the 2023 French Open witnessed a hostile atmosphere directed at players. Former US Open champion Daniil Medvedev became embroiled in a heated exchange with the crowd during his first-round match. He asked the chair umpire to review a shot, leading to incessant booing. Medvedev responded with a controversial gesture, prompting Mouratoglou, to defend him.

Mouratoglou expressed confusion over the crowd’s reaction. He highlighted that there was nothing wrong with seeking a review. He had also claimed that the chair umpire might change their decision based on the evidence. The incident sheds light on the intense pressure and scrutiny that players face from the crowd. Medvedev’s actions, although fueled by frustration, serve as a reminder of the importance of composure and sportsmanship in such situations.

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It also raises questions about the role of the crowd and the need for respectful behavior from spectators. As Wimbledon progresses, players and fans alike will be watching closely to see how the dynamics between athletes and the crowd unfold.

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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