Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev acknowledged that he is always trying to be honest and that's why he said what he said during his on court interview following his Australian Open quarterfinal win. Medvedev, seeded at No.
2, recovered from two sets down to beat world No. Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4) 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 6-4. When asked what was going through his head when he was down by two sets, Medvedev said he asked himself what Novak Djokovic would do in that situation.
The crowd responded with boos. "As a person, I'm trying to be honest of course. Sometimes I cannot talk about everything, because we live in the time where you cannot say anything, everything you think," Medvedev said of the boos from the crowd, per Sasa Ozmo.
"But this, I mean, their reaction, I try to be honest with them, to tell them how I felt during the match. Yeah, I like honesty."
What Medvedev said on the court
“I didn’t really know what to do,” Medvedev explained.
“Actually I don’t know if people are going to like it but I told myself “what would Novak [Djokovic] do?”” After Medvedev mentioned Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, he received some cheers. “Because he is one of the greatest champions, or Rafa [Nadal] or Roger [Federer] to be honest, they’ve won so many matches like this”.
“And I just thought “ok, I’m going to make [Auger-Aliassime] work”. “If he wants to win it, he needs to fight until the last point, even if it’s 5-0, 40-0 for him, I’m going to try to make him tired for the next match, you know? “Just fight until the last point, and it worked”.
Medvedev has now been through to back-to-back Australian Open semifinals. Medvedev ended runner-up to Djokovic in last year's Australian Open semifinal. Medvedev is set to meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinal for the second year in a row.