Daniil Medvedev on confrontation with heckler: I asked what was the problem

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Daniil Medvedev on confrontation with heckler: I asked what was the problem

World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev said he confronted his Montral heckler just to ask him why he felt the need to hurl insults at him.

At the National Bank Open in Montreal, Medvedev suffered a second round defeat to Nick Kyrgios. As Medvedev was making his way out of the tennis complex, someone decided to send the "loser" chants at Medvedev.

Medvedev turned back and confronted his heckler. Medvedev was surrounded by security staff and he wasn't physical or anything like that - it was clear that he had confronted the heckler only to ask him why he was shouting such words.

Medvedev: I will raise my children differently

‘It doesn't matter, after the match, during the tournament, on the street or at home – if someone laughs at me, I will answer. I came up and asked: 'What's the problem? Why do you say that? Don't do that.'

The surrounding people asked him to apologize. But it doesn't matter. I won't let anyone shout nasty things at me, I won't keep silent and I won't pass by. His father bothered me the most. When I approached his son, he also started saying nasty things to me.

I will raise my children differently. Bring up the child, and don't say nasty things to me. In general, this was one of the first cases when I encountered this in real life. But the more famous you become, the higher the probability of such incidents."

Meanwhile, Medvedev is looking to bounce back this week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnai.

Like it was the case in Montreal, Medvedev is again the first-seeded player and has a first round bye. In the second round, Medvedev plays Botic van de Zandschulp, who defeated Maxime Cressy in the first round. Medvedev owns a 2-0 head-to-head versus van de Zandschulp, having beaten the Dutch at the 2021 US Open and this year's Australian Open, respectively.