“Broke My Hand” – Daniil Medvedev Crashes Into Camera During Battle Against Andrey Rublev

Published 08/21/2021, 2:41 PM EDT
Daniil Medvedev angry at the match officials after the incident. Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


Looking to return to the final of the Cincinnati Open, World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev took on his compatriot Andrey Rublev in the semifinals. However, the 25-year-old suffered a shocking moment midway through the second set, which saw him seething with anger.

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During the third game of the set, Medvedev crashed into a camera a little behind the baseline while attempting to return to Rublev. While he lost the game, he began yelling about the incident while kicking the lens of the camera as well.

Daniil Medvedev left furious with courtside camera during Cincinnati Open semifinal

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Medvedev looked in control of the match from the get go. He led the fourth-seeded Rublev after winning the first set 6-2, and both players traded service games in the second set.

However, disaster struck the top seed towards the end of the third game. Looking to return a two-handed backhand, he ran deep across the court to get to the ball, only to clatter into a camera placed courtside.

Worried about his hand, Medvedev launched a tirade against the chair umpire. He yelled at him saying he almost broke his hand due to the collision, and took it a notch further. As the cameraman and the volunteer looked to put the camera back up, the World No. 2 kicked the lens in a sign of pure frustration.

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Medvedev forced to take a medical timeout after the collision

After losing the point, and the game, the 25-year-old stormed off to his corner. While seated on his bench, the Russian angrily called for a physio, saying he couldn’t play. In addition, he also threatened to sue the tournament for not taking his words seriously on the issue.

Sep 11 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia argues with the chair umpire against Dominic Thiem of Austria (not pictured) in a men’s singles semi-finals match on day twelve of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Despite the heated exchanges, the World No. 2 returned to the court to continue the high-intensity match. Whether or not the Russian progresses to the final remains to be seen.

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