Russia’s Daniil Medvedev overcame injury and rode out the boos at Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in a four-set thriller and book a place in the US Open semi finals on Tuesday.
Muscovite Medvedev has carved out a villainous persona for himself at Flushing, where he flipped off a booing crowd in earlier rounds, and then mischievously telling spectators he feeds off the negative energy directed at him.
Daniil Medvedev arrives on Arthur Ashe against Wawrinka to his favourite song of the summer – a chorus of boos.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) September 3, 2019
And there was no love lost between him and New York’s tennis fans when he stepped out to take on ‘Stan the Man’, being greeted by a chorus of boos at his first ever Grand Slam quarter final.
It was touch and go whether Medvedev would finish the match, as a quadricep injury forced him to receive treatment, but he recovered to dominate from the baseline and overcome 2016 champ Wawrinka, the number 23 seed.