“Happy With the Decision.”: Daniil Medvedev Doesn’t Blame Scheduling Issues For Wimbledon 2021 Loss

Published 07/07/2021, 1:45 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after the match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


After a wild Manic Monday at the Wimbledon Championships 2021, the men’s No.2 seed Daniil Medvedev crashed out in the Round of 16 on Tuesday. Late on Monday, his encounter against 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz was suspended due to heavy showers. Playing down on Court-2, the players did not have the privilege of playing under the roof.

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Medvedev meltdown after being in driver’s seat

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

The unorthodox Russian was in control of the match on Monday, leading by two sets to one before play was stopped. There was anticipation for the match to be shifted onto Centre Court on the same day, to wrap things up. However, it was not to be.

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After some discussions, it was decided that the game would be halted for the night and would commence on Tuesday. However, Hurkacz began the day like it was a whole new match. He quickly wrapped up the fourth set before breaking Medvedev early in the fifth set. Anti-climactic as it was, the Polish player held his service games from there on, to reach his maiden Wimbledon quarter-final. Hubert Hurkacz prevailed 2-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 6-3 in 3 hours and 2 minutes.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz reacts during his fourth round match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Medvedev breaks silence on court controversy

Whispers around the world were suggesting that the scheduling was unfair to Daniil Medvedev. After being close to sealing a win in four sets, Medvedev had to start fresh on a new court. Moreover, the winner of the match would have to play again on the next day, as compared to their opponent [Roger Federer] who would have a day off.

Contrary to all the banter, Medvedev acknowledged the effort of Hurkacz and admitted that he was okay with the decision of not finishing the match last night. As the new day kicked off, an off-color Medvedev was knocked out of the Championships, and he had no complaints on the loss.

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Scheduling has caused confusion around the tennis world on many an occasion. This particular time, it was Hurkacz who benefitted from it with his brilliant grit. What did you think of the rescheduling of the match? Can Hurkacz defy the odds to stun his childhood idol Roger Federer in the quarterfinals?

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