Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was absolutely mad and furious after a reporter asked him a question about his country's ban from the Tokyo Olympics. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, is not competing for Russia at the Tokyo Olympics.
After being found guilty of state-sponsored doping, Russia has been banned from competing in athletics since 2015. Medvedev and 334 other Russian athletes are competing for the Russian Olympic Committee but the country's flag and national anthem have been withdrawn.
Following his round-of-16 win, Medvedev was asked if Russian athletes carry a stigma of cheaters in Tokyo. "First time in my life I’m not gonna answer a question. You should be embarrassed of yourself,” Medvedev said, per Tennishead.
“I think you should wire him from the Olympics, I don’t wanna see him again”.
Medvedev making progress in Tokyo
Medvedev was struggling in intense heat and humidity but he managed to overcome Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2 3-6 6-2.
Medvedev broke Fognini twice in the first set to comfortably win the first set. After failing to convert break points in the seventh game of the second set, Medvedev dropped his serve in the following game. Fognini thens served out for the second set in the ninth game.
However, Medvedev bounced back well from losing the second set as he broke Fognini twice in the third set to avoid a surprise loss. "Even from the first set I didn't feel good enough with my breathing. That's why I called the physio, I felt like my diaphragm was blocked," Medvedev said, adding that he felt it was the most humid day so far in Tokyo.
"And then on the second set, I just had darkness in my eyes, like between every point, I didn't know what to do to feel better. Like I was bending over and I couldn't get my breath together so I was ready to just fall down on the court."