Former world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov was disappointed in Daniil Medvedev following the Russian's Tokyo Olympics exit. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, will be leaving Tokyo without a medal as on Thursday he suffered a surprise loss against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 11 in the world, handed a 6-2 7-6 (5) loss to Medvedev to advance to the Tokyo semifinal. "Medvedev could have left much more energy on the court than he did today," Kafelnikov said, per Tele-Sport.
"I think he understands what I'm talking about. He had to beat the Spaniard, especially at the Olympics, which is held every four years. In such matches, you need to show willpower and a desire to win. This is disappointment for him and for all of us."
Medvedev was surprised by Carreno Busta's level of play.
After easily losing the first set, Medvedev claimed an early second set break but Carreno Busta recovered to force a tie-break, in which he realized his first match point to clinch a big win.
"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." Once again, Medvedev was struggling in Tokyo's heat and humidity. "I changed everything I had (clothes)," Medvedev said afterwards. "I wanted to change my skin because I was sweating like I never did before. It was terrible."