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Russia’s Daniil Medvedev appeared to give the New York crowd the middle finger amid jeers during his fiery third-round victory over Feliciano Lopez at the US Open, later mocking fans in his post-match speech.
Fifth seed Medvedev defeated Spain’s Lopez in four sets at Louis Armstrong Stadium, 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 – but the game will largely be remembered for the bitter exchange waged between Medvedev and the New York crowd.
Tensions emerged when Medvedev snapped at a ball boy during the first set when he appeared to bring the tennis star his towel unrequested.
The Russian snatched the towel from the ball boy’s hands before tossing it away, leading to a code violation from umpire Damien Dumusois.
That prompted Medvedev to toss his racket into the center of the court and mutter words of discontent at the official.
Amid boos, Medvedev was then caught on camera appearing to give the crowd the middle finger, which was picked up by replays shown on the big screen.
Dumusois also indicated he had seen the gesture, but that he could not act on it as he had only viewed it on the replay.
The 6ft 6in Medvedev went on to battle his way past Lopez in a late-night thriller at Flushing Meadows, but his battle with the crowd lasted long after the action was over.
In his post-match interview – and with loud jeering ringing in his ears – Medvedev defiantly mocked the crowd by raising his arms with a ‘bring it on’ gesture, saying:
“First of all, what I can say is thank you all because your energy tonight gave me the win.”