Daniil Medvedev backhand

Daniil Medvedev dismisses random Australian Open nosebleed but admits roof-closure helped him

Daniil Medvedev says the nosebleed that randomly afflicted him at the Australian Open was not tension-related.

The Russian had to call for a medical timeout in the second set of his 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over Pedro Martinez on Thursday, despite being in complete control of the match.

It turned out that was to treat a nosebleed, but he is unsure where it actually came from.

“No, no, not at all. If it would be, I would be bleeding every match I play,” he said with a smile when asked it it was the tension getting to him.

The roof had to be closed mid-way through the match as the rain returned, changing in from an outdoor match to an indoor one.

It was a change that Medvedev concedes helped him gain more control – on this occasion anyway.

“Yeah, of course it changes a lot. Even, like, it was grey when we stepped on the court. We just played one game on the, let’s say, outdoor court,” he said.

“As soon as the roof is closed, everything is different. It gets more hot, more humid inside.

“The ball goes faster. I think the sound of the ball even is different. So everything is completely different.

“Today, I think it was in my advantage. Sometimes can be in your disadvantage.”

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