World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev wasn't happy with the quality of the Dunlop balls used in Miami as he called them straight "garbage." On Thursday, Medvedev suffered a surprise quarterfinal defeat at the Miami Masters as Hubert Hurkacz handed the top-seeded Russian a 7-6 (7) 6-3 loss.
After serving out the third game of the second set for a 2-1 lead, Medvedev looked straight into the camera and made it clear how he felt about the balls used at the match. "Never ever advise anybody to buy this ball; it's a piece of garbage, you're just gonna lose your money," Medvedev lamented.
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Medvedev needed to reach at least the Miami semifinal in order to return to No. 1 after Miami. "For me was more important in a way just to win the match itself than to become a No. 1 by winning the match," Medvedev claimed after the match.
"I saw it more as a bonus. So I don't feel like I was tight or anything because of this. To be honest, I played a lot of matches where I had the pressure, different [types], and it's not like something new happened today in terms of like going out of court and feeling crazy tight or something.
So I don't think that nerves were part of this." Medvedev, who was clearly struggling in the humid Miami conditions, admitted after the match he didn't feel his best on the court. "All the match I was not feeling my best.
But, you know, sometimes it happens," he told the press. "I don't know the actual reason. Maybe the heat. But I was feeling super, like, dizzy, tired, and there was this long game where I couldn't serve anymore. Then in the locker room I was cramping quite much, so physically was not easy. But at the same time, that's part of the game."