ATP Rome: Medvedev OUTRAGES Tsitsipas, what a PROVOCATION!
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 9845
Moments of tension before the start of the second semifinal at the Internazionali BNLd'Italia. In fact, after the coin toss, Daniil Medvedev refused to take the traditional photo in the center of the field with his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas.
A very particular episode that left both the chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani and the Greek tennis player stunned, who accepted the choice of the native of Moscow and also headed towards the baseline to begin the warm-up. Daniil and Stefanos don't have the best relationship possible on the Tour but nobody ever expected that to stop them from taking the classic pre-match photo.
The awaited match, which was worth access to the final act of the Master 1000 in Rome, with the Danish Holger Rune waiting for the winner, has already been interrupted twice due to the heavy rain that hit the capital on Saturday Italian.
When the match resumed, Medvedev beat Tsitsipas in straight sets 7-5 7-5. Here is the video released on social media, which immediately intrigued many fans.
Holger Rune on the MTO Holger Rune tried to calm the controversy in the press conference after he conquered the final at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
Medvedev & Tsitsipas did not take a pre-match photo
Stefanos looked like he was willing to do so
Daniil wasn’t in the mood ð
In all honesty, this feud is so great.
It’s not just pure disdain for each other.
It’s pettiness & humor at its finest ð¶ï¸
pic.twitter.com/ri9zDicncl — The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) May 20, 2023
In the last two games, the Danish talent has used medical time out after losing his serve. A request that made both Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud suspicious. In the first case, Rune suffered from knee pain; in the second, instead, to the shoulder.
However, the tennis player born in 2003 made a significant comeback and played an almost perfect third set against Ruud. He said: "I ask for medical time out when I have a problem and am in pain. That's all. I just want to get treated, that's all.
I don't know how to answer these questions. I think it's okay. You have the opportunity to request surgery of the physiotherapist. I know there are times in the game when you shouldn't ask, but it's okay to use it when you have a problem."