In the final game on Friday night, Daniel Medvedev defeated Feliciano Lopez with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory. His victory in the third round of the US Open was rewarded with a boom shower when the 23-year-old Russian turned to the center court for his post-match interview. Like any good sports villain, he not only enjoyed hatred, but also did his best to keep the jerks alive.
Thanks to all the guys for your energy tonight giving me the win. Because if you weren't here guys, I probably would have lost the match because I was so tired, yesterday I had cramps, it was so hard for me to play. So I want you all to know that when I sleep tonight, I won for you.
Again, the only thing I can say is the energy you are giving me right now, guys, I think it will be enough for my next five games. The more you do this, the more I will earn for you guys.
The anger of the New York mob was not exactly made of air. It emerged as a result of Medvedev adding another adjournment to his summary. It started in the first set when he was a dick to the ball and was upset when he was later punished for being a dick.
Then he did not so subtly deviate from the judge as he walked past his chair.
From there, the dam broke and during the rest of his game the crowd released him. Every point, winner or total stroke of luck was met with jealousy.
For what it's worth, Medvedev left his personality as the heel out on the court and gave a more nuanced answer to questions about his opponents and the crowd himself. Per AP Sports:
"I was in the heat of the moment. I started losing momentum, so I mean, it was hard, "Medvedev said." It was hard and I don't really remember. I mean, I paid for it the whole game after, because as you saw, it wasn't easy. So it was just I'm happy to win. "
He was asked if he was worried about playing this match and those following the US Open with the crowd against him.
"It's a difficult question to answer," he said, "because what I can say is that I'm working on myself and hopefully I'll be better next time."
United States Open participants will have their next chance to serenade the Russian with boho on Sunday when he takes on 118th-ranked qualifier Dominic Koefer.