Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander said it was unusual to see player nowadays trash-talk his opponent and after the match openly confess it was his goal to get into the head of his opponent. During his Australian Open round-of-16 match against Maxime Cressy, Daniil Medvedev was heard shouting "this is so boring" and "It’s simply unbelievable how lucky he is getting, it’s insane I’ve never seen anything like it."
Medvedev was struggling against Cressy's serve and volley style but still won in four sets 6-2 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 7-5. “Maxime Cressy takes the racquet out of your hand, you are not used to playing a serve and volleyer, compared to my era when I used to play against John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg – so you saw the style all the time,” Wilander said in The Cube, as quoted on Eurosport.
“On today’s tour, you don’t really see it so of course you don’t know how to face it. Where do you stand to return? Do I stand far back? Do I come further in? In the end, it’s irritating. "It's very unusual that you do that as a player, say it out loud, and then confess that yeah, I was trying to get into his head.
“Everyone’s trying to get in each other’s head somehow, but you’re trying to keep it within the rules. It’s very honest”.
Medvedev admitted he was trying into Cressy's mind
“During the match I got a little bit crazy, I think with myself,” Medvedev told Eurosport after tge match.
"I even went a little bit - I don’t want to say the surname - but some other style, tried to talk something in the air. Get into his mind a little bit. “Maybe he’ll [Cressy] be saying ‘what the hell is Medvedev saying’ and maybe, I don’t know, he’ll miss some shots.
“I’m not happy with what I said today but most important is that I managed to continue fighting”. Next up for Medvedev is Felix Auger-Aliassime.