Daniil Medvedev called Aus Open umpire ‘a small cat’ in weird meltdown

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Daniil Medvedev has progressed into the third round of the Australian Open with so far no sign of the incredible meltdown he had at Albert Park last year. The Russian, a runner up the last two years in Melbourne, beat home player John Millman on Tuesday and will now face American Sebastian Korda.

There’s been just one flashpoint involving the world No 8 so far, caught swearing at a fan during his comfortable first round victory over American Marcos Giron. Whilst serving for the match, Medvedev stopped and swore at a fan, with his language prompting an apology from Eurosport commentator Simon Reed.

This current run is yet to be as tempestuous as his 2022 campaign though, where he accused Australian fans of having a ‘low IQ’, words he has since clarified. Following his dramatic final defeat to Rafael Nadal, an angered Medvedev also hit out at the crowd that jeered him throughout.

But his most explosive rant came in the final four match with Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas, who he accused of being coached from the stands by father Apostolos. After receiving a visible obscenity warning himself for gesturing to the crowd, Medvedev launched a tirade at umpire Jaume Campistol.

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Criticising the official for not addressing the coaching, Medvedev implied he was cowering away from the issue if he didn’t take action: “If you don’t, you are – how can I say it – a small cat,” he bizarrely ranted.

Sure enough, the shouting seemed to work. Later in the match things took another strange twist when Eva Asderaki-Moore, a prominent Greek umpire and a tournament referee, stood in the tunnel by Tsitsipas’ team box. Asderaki later informed the umpire that Tsisipas was indeed receiving coaching and the player was given a warning.

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Medvedev, 26, later shook Campistol’s hand and apologised to the umpire for his outburst. He also conceded to the press: “I was definitely out of my mind, if we can say like this.

“Like, I was not controlling myself anymore about anything. And that’s actually why I’m really happy to win, because many matches like this I would go on just to, you know, to do mistakes, because you lose your concentration a lot when you get in this heat of the moment things.”

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