Mad Medvedev: Star yells at coach after loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Halle
- Daniil Medvedev yelled at his coach during an on-court tantrum Sunday
- He lost to Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in Halle
- This was the Russian's second consecutive crushing setback in a final
Daniil Medvedev yelled at his coach during an on-court tantrum Sunday before losing his second straight ATP grass-court final, this time against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz in Halle. Medvedev had little replies as he was defeated 6-1,6-4 in 64 minutes.
This was the Russian's second consecutive crushing setback in a final, having lost in straight sets against Tim van Rijthoven last Sunday in Hertogenbosch. At the opening of the second set on Sunday, Medvedev snapped violently at his French coach, Gilles Cervara, who immediately rushed out of the stadium.
Cervara was seen picking up his luggage and heading out of the stadium after Medvedev yelled at him after suffering a loss in the first game of the second set. Hurkacz had just shattered his opponent's serve, putting him up 6-1, 1-0. "Gilles Cervara has seen enough. I'm not sure if there's been something said there or whether it was just the nature of that point but he is leaving the OWL arena. I can't quite believe what I've seen there," the Amazon Prime match commentator stated.
Replays then revealed Medvedev yelling at Cervara, who immediately stood up and went out. "This is really unsavoury for the world No 1 and his team," the commentator remarked. "It's not the first time in Medvedev's career his coach Cervara has left the player box. You never want to see it. At times it can actually remove the distraction if you want to call it that. Medvedev has been so focused on battling Cervara. [But] This is uncomfortable viewing for his wife Daria.”
Following the match, Medvedev apologised to his wife, saying, "Congrats Hubert, great match today, great week. Congrats a lot to you and to your team, you guys are super nice. Hopefully a lot more matches to play on the biggest stage! Congrats for a great week and the title.”
"Daria, thanks a lot for this week. Not easy to be with me on the court sometimes but hopefully next time will be easier and much better. Also thank you guys [the crowd] very much, sorry for not making this match longer and more interesting!” he said.
Hurkacz won his sixth career victory, but his first on grass, after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals last year.
"Daniil is the best player in the world so it's very tricky to play him," Hurkacz said.
"All the right shots went my way at the beginning, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that."
On his way to the Halle final, the 25-year-old defeated Australian hardliner Nick Kyrgios in three sets before easily defeating Medvedev.