Daniil Medvedev’s coach went out while the Russian fought in the fourth set
Daniil Medvedev’s coach ran out as the Russian extended a two-set lead before winning a fiver for the first time in the third round of the Australian Open.
The fourth seed finally beat Filip Krajinovic 6: 3, 6: 3, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 0.
Medvedev yelled at his box repeatedly as he went down 4-1 in the fourth game – coach Gilles Cervara eventually picked up his bag and left.
He did not return to see Medvedev dial in again to dominate the crucial sentence.
“He said shortly before leaving that he was sure that I would win the match, but he will leave to calm me down,” said Medvedev of Cervara’s departure.
“He knew I was going to win the match so he left. That’s all I’m going to say.”
Medvedev, one of the favorites to challenge defending champions Novak Djokovic, shouted in French, Russian and English as the game against the Serbs got out of his grasp.
He also complained about the spider camera in Melbourne Park, saying it interfered with his serve and once shouted, “These Australian Open sucks.”
After complaining of buttock pain, he was given medical time out on the fourth set and then won the final set without dropping a game in just 25 minutes.
There are no crowds at the tournament after Victoria state put in place a five-day emergency lockdown on Saturday.
Medvedev will play Mackenzie McDonald Next, the American Lloyd Harris from South Africa beat 7: 6 (9: 7): 6: 1: 6: 4.
Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas Also advanced, Mikael Ymer from Sweden defeated 6: 4: 6: 1: 6: 1.
Casper Ruud was the second Norwegian – after his father Christian – to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
Ruud beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 and will play next against Russia’s Andrey Rublev or Feliciano Lopez from Spain.
Ruud’s father reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in 1997.