Daniil Medvedev explains stunning Monte Carlo outburst and what got on his nerve

Medvedev unloaded at umpires after feeling they were making some pretty evident mistakes.

by Dzevad Mesic
Daniil Medvedev explains stunning Monte Carlo outburst and what got on his nerve
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Daniil Medvedev says umpires were missing some pretty blatant calls before he absolutely lost his cool and went on a stunning rant in Monte Carlo. 

On Wednesday, Medvedev was taking on Gael Monfils in the Monte Carlo Masters second round when he felt that one of the Frenchman's balls from early in the second set was out. Medvedev stopped the play and he was certain that the ball was out but chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani didn't change the original call. 

When live hawkeye was shown on TV, it was revealed that Medvedev was right and that the ball was indeed well out. 

In the very next point of the fourth game, one of Monfils' balls was called in before Lahyani overturned it. That's when Medvedev got extremely annoyed with one line umpire and started unloading at him. Chair umpire Lahyani stepped in, urging Medvedev to "stop shouting" at the line umpire because he was "just a person who can make a mistake."

After getting broken in that fourth game despite having two consecutive game points, Medvedev lost it during the next changeover and started swearing in English and Russian while openly showing his frustration with the officials. 

Daniil Medvedev and Mohamed Lahyani
Daniil Medvedev and Mohamed Lahyani © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

In the end, Medvedev was able to recover from a 1-4 second-set deficit and seal a straight-set 6-2 6-4 win over Monfils.

Medvedev asked to address the incident 

In his first very question received after beating Monfils, Medvedev was asked to provide his version of the story what happened. 

"I still tried to find the bounce now. I cannot actually say 100% it was out, because I still didn't see it myself. But what I heard from someone, I think like from ATP, that it was out. When I saw it, I saw it out like this, like quite big, and I didn't even stay there to check what Mohamed says," Medvedev explained.

"When he comes in and I see his edit, I'm like, he's literally going to say it's in when it's out. I told him, 'Okay, what do we do if it's in?' Because I know it's out. What do we do after the match if I lose this game, which I lost, because it would be 40-Love and not 30-15.

"Then I was, like, 'Okay, calm down, Daniil. Let's go for next point, let's go for next games.' What happens next if the ball is even more out and the line umpire doesn't say anything? The ball is very slow. He's right there. I have no idea how it's possible that he doesn't say out."

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

Medvedev: I'm trying to work that I go crazy less

After Monfils broke Medvedev for a 3-1 second-set lead, the Frenchman also served out the following game to go 4-1 up. Then the changeover happened and Medvedev delivered a stunning rant. 

After letting everything out of himself, the Russian managed to serve out the sixth game and also get the break back in the seventh game. Then, Medvedev broke Monfils again in the ninth game to go 5-4 before serving out for the match in the following game. 

Following his win, the 28-year-old acknowledged there would be moments like this where he could lose his cool. But also, the Russian said he was working on "going less crazy" in such situations.

"Yeah, I mean, first of all, knowing who I am and where I come from in terms of my attitude, I'm going to get crazy sometimes on the court, whether it's myself, my team, the crowd, umpire, I'm going to go crazy sometimes. I'm trying to work that I go crazy less and it affects my game less," Medvedev said.

"Actually, I managed to calm myself down again, saying to myself I don't want to lose the match because of what happened now because of me getting crazy. I want to continue playing the way I should play. I want to continue to try to win, and I managed to do it.

"So I'm pretty happy sometimes. Sometimes if you don't control the crazy in the moment you have to control the crazy after the moment, and I didn't control it best, but I managed to do it much better than sometimes before in my career. That's why I managed to win the match."

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev © Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

After overcoming Monfils in his Monte Carlo opener, No. 4 seed Medvedev exited the tournament the following day after fellow Russian Karen Khachanov handed him a 6-3 7-5 loss. 

Against Khachanov, Medvedev had another nasty moment with officials as he wasn't happy with one particular line umpire who was wearing glasses as the former world No. 1 said the umpire in question "didn't see anything" and should be fired from his job.

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