Andy Roddick: Tantrums never affect the way Daniil Medvedev competes
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Andy Roddick found it amazing how Daniil Medvedev was able to rant and also keep playing at a high level during his Indian Wells round-of-16 match against Alexander Zverev. In the first set of his Indian Wells match against Zverev, Medvedev delivered one of the most epic rants in recent memory.
While ranting about the court conditions in Indian Wells, Medvedev said the court was "a freaking disgrace to the sport" and also added it was "awful to consider this a hard court." Down by a set - unhappy about the court conditions - playing against one of the best players in the game, Medvedev created a big comeback to beat Zverev 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) 7-5.
Roddick on Medvedev: We don't give him enough for his problem-solving
"There’s not a lot of players who you can listen to a 90 second monolog on how much the surface sucks. Then he comes back and creates one of the best matches of the year so far.
And he stays there and that’s just the way he ticks the idiosyncrasies. I love it cause it never affects the way he competes. There's a difference between someone who complains about everything and who throws the toys around.
But you know they’re going to be there at the next point. I got time for that guy. We don’t give him enough credit for his problem-solving. He started coming forward a little bit more and he has to do that on the surface that he doesn’t like," Roddick said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.
After beating Zverev, Medvedev was asked about his epic rant. In his answer, Medvedev underlined that he had nothing against Indian Wells as a place but he just wasn't a fan of the extremely slow court conditions in the desert.
After beating Zverev, Medvedev also handed a straight-set defeat to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his next match.