WATCH: Grigor Dimitrov Displays Class Act Amidst Loss to Daniil Medvedev at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/19/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia serves against Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in second round play in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev took to Centre Court at the Cincinnati Open today to compete in the Round of 16. He faced World No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov with a quarterfinal spot on offer.

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Despite the intensity of their match, the Bulgarian gave fans the world over a heartwarming moment of sportsmanship.

Grigor Dimitrov helps Daniil Medvedev during Cincinnati Open quarterfinal

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Medvedev entered the Cincinnati Open this year as the top seed. While he is the World No. 2, Novak Djokovic‘s withdrawal from the tournament meant the Russian would be the top seed. Dimitrov, the World No. 21, shocked 13th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the quarterfinals and face Medvedev.

In the first set, both players engaged in an impressive battle. However, Medvedev portrayed a game of pure class to clinch the set 6-3. In the second set, Medvedev had an unfortunate moment while attempting a return to Dimitrov.

As he chased the ball, he tripped on court since his left foot caught his right foot. This sent him straight to the ground, with his racquet hitting the court violently. What followed next was nothing short of exceptional.

Dimitrov walked to the other side of the court to help the World No. 2, who was laying down on the ground, back to his feet. Along with those at Centre Court, the Bulgarian received praise from several fans on social media. One fan commented, “Grigor is always a class act!” 

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Medvedev advanced to the quarterfinals

The Russian recovered quickly from his fall to secure his place in the quarterfinals. With a 6-3, 6-3 victory, Medvedev will face either Hubert Hurkacz or Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals.

Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia poses with the trophy after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States (not pictured) in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the National Bank Open earlier this week, the 25-year-old will look to keep the momentum going by adding another Cincinnati Open title to his 2019 victory. Can the top seed add more ATP 1000 silverware prior to the US Open?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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