Daniil Medvedev's coach wasn't impressed with the Russian's attitude against Jannik Sinner at the Open 13. Though the Russian beat the next gen star, he lost the first set before making a comeback. When I see Daniil with that kind of attitude, that energy during the first set, crying over all the lost points, it annoys me,” Cervara told L'Equipe.
“I told myself, ‘He has to react. Either it’s him or it's me.' It was me. I didn't want to support that behavior at that point, knowing that if he carried on like that he was heading straight into a wall”.
He further added, “At some point, there are things which are not consistent with his level and his age”. Cervara walked away from the match and kind of hoped that would bring out a reaction from Medvedev and it worked.
“I secretly hoped it would make him react,” Cervara said. “I didn't want to wait any longer ... I remember once in Cincinnati where we shouted at each other on the side of the court. This time, I just got up." Medvedev also admitted that he would not have blamed his coach had he gone back to the hotel while he was playing.
With my behaviour on the court, even if my entire box had left I would have said ‘OK.’ He was right,” said Medvedev. “At the same time, it enabled me to get my good energy back. Because afterwards I didn't say a word”.