'Daniil Medvedev crossed the line, no one should talk like that,' says Justine Henin



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'Daniil Medvedev crossed the line, no one should talk like that,' says Justine Henin

Daniil Medvedev advanced into the fourth Major final at the Australian Open after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two and a half hours. Medvedev played well, but he had one challenging moment, losing temper and saying all kinds of words to the umpire Jaume Campistol over Tsitsipas' father's coaching.

Daniil screamed towards the umpire and got fined $12,000 ahead of the title clash against Rafael Nadal. Medvedev accused Tsitsipas of coaching and pressured the chair umpire to give him a warning, arguing with Jaume Campistol and not choosing words.

A former Major winner Justine Henin did not like what she saw from Daniil in those moments, saying he crossed the line and behaved like no one should act on the tennis court. The Russian fired 13 aces, dropped 14 points behind the initial shot and got broken twice.

Tsitsipas could not follow those numbers, suffering four breaks from 12 opportunities given to Medvedev. Daniil and Stefanos reached 4-4 in swift 20 minutes in the opening set, with no chances for the returners. In game nine, Medvedev wasted three break chances and came back from 4-1 down in the tie break to claim it 7-5.

Daniil Medvedev lost his calmness at the Australian Open.

Tsitsipas broke at the beginning of the second set before Medvedev seized the fourth break point in the sixth game to pull the break back and lock the result at 3-3.

After a double fault, Daniil got broken for the second time in game nine and argued with the chair umpire over Stefanos' coaching. Tsitsipas closed the set after deuce at 5-4 to level the overall score and improve his chances.

Medvedev defended break chances at the beginning of the third set, and they both served well in the next eight games. Medvedev made a crucial break in game ten to claim the set 6-4 and become the favorite. The fourth set was one-sided, as the Russian dropped only a couple of points behind the initial shot and marched towards the finish line with a double break.

Stefanos lost serve at 15 in the fourth game, and Daniil opened a 5-1 gap with a forehand winner. In game seven, the Russian sealed the deal with a backhand winner to advance into the fourth Major final and the second against Rafael Nadal.

"Daniil clearly overstepped the lines. We can not accept anyone to talk like that to an umpire who did not commit a huge mistake at this point. He might be right on the substance, but it's unbearable on the form. After the game, he made his mea culpa, saying, 'It's not right what I did, let's move on.'

I'm not sure it will follow this path so easily for him," Justin Henin said. "Are you mad? His father can coach every point? Are you stupid? His father can talk every point? Answer my question. Will you answer my question? Can you answer my question? Oh my god, you are so bad, man.

How can you be so bad in the semi-final? Look at me; I'm talking to you!" Daniil Medvedev said to Jaume Campistol.