‘Next match, don’t leave for eight minutes again’ – Daniil Medvedev advises Stefanos Tsitsipas
Daniil Medvedev has offered Stefanos Tsitsipas advice on getting crowds back on his side amid criticism over the Greek’s use of bathroom breaks at the 2021 US Open.
The Russian questioned Tsitsipas’ decision to take a lengthy break in his match with Adrian Mannarino after being condemned for doing the same against Andy Murray.
After defeating Murray in five sets and Mannarino in four sets, number three seed Tsitsipas fell to 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set third round epic.
World number two Medvedev experienced having the New York crowd against him at the 2019 US Open, but managed to win over fans during his run to the final.
“(On what advice he would give Tsitsipas) It’s tough to answer because a lot of things [are] going through my head because your question is a bit tricky, in a good way. I want to say, you know, we all need to go to change sometimes clothes,” said Medvedev.
“Somebody does it five minutes, six minutes, eight minutes. What happened with him and Murray happened, he got booed – at least next match don’t go out for eight minutes [again]. And that’s what he did.
“So, if you remember 2019 – I did a mistake. Well, I was not continuing to do it every other match. Otherwise, the crowd would not go behind me. So, that’s the only advice I can give, you know. (Laughs) I mean, he has his own life, so he probably won’t listen to my advice.”
Medvedev will face world number 27 Dan Evans for the first time in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
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