Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev - Miami Open

Daniil Medvedev tells Alexander Zverev to look at himself ‘in the mirror’

Daniil Medvedev has hit back at Alexander Zverev, after the German called the former No.1 ‘one of the most unfair players in the world’ following their match in Monte Carlo.

Medvedev beat Zverev, 3-6 7-5 7-6(7), in their third round match at the Monte Carlo Masters and saved two match points in the process.

However, it was clear that Zverev was unhappy with the Russian from the handshake and he later explained that he was ‘distracted’ by a toilet break Medvedev took in the middle of the third set.

The Olympic champion labelled Medvedev as ‘unsporting’, and the No.5 has now had his say on the situation, “First, I do think that honestly with probably 90 players on tour I’m great friends. With maybe 50 it’s not like best friends but really great relationship. So I usually feel bad when something on court happens and let’s say I’m not fair play, because I know sometimes I’m not.”

Medvedev continued, “Yesterday what the thing with the stick made him say this? Toilet [break], well I wanted to pee. And let’s take it step by step. So 2-2. No, 3-2 I have like five break points or whatever. He manages to hold. Congrats.”

“Then I make the game 40-love for me. I go to the toilet, I lose next two games, he’s serving for the match, and he’s saying I’m going to the toilet to make him play worse.”

Medvedev implied that Zverev did not have the right to be speaking about being sporting, after he was given an eight week suspended ban last year for hitting an umpire’s chair in Acapulco.

“Sascha [Zverev] is living in his own world,” said the 2021 US Open champion. “I already had like five players in the locker room coming to me and saying ‘come on, Daniil, why are you so unfair (smiling)?'”

“Sascha when he loses we can find maybe 25 interviews of him where he does say some strange things. Again, honestly saying like if guys like Casper [Ruud], I don’t know, Andrey [Rublev], maybe Karen [Khachanov], even Diego [Schwartzman].”

“I had let’s call it a fight with him [Schwartzman] at the ATP Cup [in 2020]. Honestly, I’m at fault and probably he still doesn’t like me the way maybe he liked me before this match. I’m sorry that a guy like Diego, who’s so kind and so fair play, feels like this about me.”

Medvedev added, “Sascha is not this guy. Sascha is not like Casper, he’s not like Diego, he’s not like Andrey. When he says someone is not fair play, you’re like, okay, great. Look at yourself in the mirror.”

Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev head-to-head

With the feud between Medvedev and Zverev heating up, all eyes will be pointed towards when they could next cross paths.

Here is their head-to-head so far:

Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev: 8-6

Last five meetings:

  • Medvedev beat Zverev, 6-2 6-2 (Paris Masters semi-final 2021)
  • Medvedev beat Zverev, 6-3 6(3)-7 7-6(6) (ATP Finals round-robin 2021)
  • Zverev beat Medvedev, 6-4 6-4 (ATP Finals final 2021)
  • Medvedev beat Zverev, 6(5)-7 7-6(5) 7-5 (Indian Wells fourth round 2023)
  • Medvedev beat Zverev, 3-6 7-5 7-6(7), (Monte Carlo third round 2023)

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.