World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev pulled off a Cristiano Ronaldo celebration after beating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid but it didn't go well. Medvedev, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open, received boos from the Madrid crowd while he was giving an on-court interview.
Medvedev saw off Struff in straight sets to seal victory for Russia in the semifinal over Germany. "When Cristiano played in Madrid, he was doing this celebration a lot of times. That's why I decided to do it. I felt it was fun.
Probably it was the wrong decision, which can happen. I had to go with it and to stick w/ it because I like to stick to what I do," Medvedev said of his celebration after beating Struff, as revealed on Tennis Now. "On tennis court, it's different.
It's a lot of adrenaline going on. I hate to lose. There is less time and less power in myself to stop and think. So I go with emotions which sometimes is good, sometimes is not good."
Medvedev hit back at the Madrid crowd
Russia beat Spain in the final match at the group stage and progress into the quarterfinal.
The Madrid crowd was left without someone to cheer for and Medvedev reminded them that Russia knocked out Spain in the group stage. “I’m really happy for the team to be in the final. Amazing two weeks so far for us.
Beating Spain was the highlight, I think beating Spain in Madrid, for all of us in the locker room we so happy to beat the home favourites. It started in 2019 but I’m not going to be tired to say it. People still don’t understand how to make me lose, they should support me, so it’s ok guys, continue, and I’m going to just win," Medvedev said during his on-court interview.