Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev said he wanted to change his skin during his Tokyo Olympics quarterfinal because he was sweating like never before. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, suffered a disappointing loss on Thursday in Tokyo as he got stunned by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.
Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 11 in the world, beat Medvedev 6-2 7-6 (5) to reach the Tokyo semifinal. "I changed everything I had (clothes)," Medvedev said afterwards, per Yahoo Sports. "I wanted to change my skin because I was sweating like I never did before.
It was terrible." On Wednesday, the ITF announced matches at the Olympics would start from 3pm going forward. Medvedev, who was calling for a change from the beginning of the tournament along with Novak Djokovic, gave credit to the Serb.
"Novak is the man, thanks to him. I didn't enjoy the conditions still, but it was much better than playing at 11," Medvedev said with a smile.
Medvedev surprised by Carreno Busta's performance
"I was just surprised at his level," Medvedev said.
"Because today he could win Masters easily and yet he's never been in any final of those. A Grand Slam is different, but with the level here today he can go in final of the Grand Slam. Easy. "And about me, I am always trying to do my best.
I couldn't play better than what I did today. I could serve better, but then I was wet like hell. I couldn't toss the ball well, once I tossed the ball and got water in my eyes. "It was not easy to play and I'm really disappointed with myself and for my country to lose in the quarters."
After beating Medvedev, Carreno Busta said: "This was one of the best matches of my career. Daniil is a top player, he is No. 2 in the world and it’s very difficult to play against him. He plays with very high intensity, he plays at a pace that is very difficult to match, but today I managed it."