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Medvedev clashes with fans in France (VIDEO)

The Russian star made his feelings clear in a loss to Stan Wawrinka

Russian Daniil Medvedev has been mocked by French tennis fans after the former world number one was booed in a moody loss to Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka on Thursday.

Top seed Medvedev suffered a tough return to action falling in three sets to his 37-year-old rival, losing 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 at the Moselle Open in Metz .

Medvedev’s frustrations became increasingly evident and the Russian hammered his racquet onto the court after being broken in his first service game of the third set.

The crowd responded with jeers, leading to Medvedev booing back and waving his arms wildly in what some described as a “monkey” gesture, before pointing his head to suggest some fans in attendance were ” crazy”.

“If there’s one thing you don’t do in the direction of a French public, it’s to provoke them” claimed an online tennis fan.

The commentary team said Medvedev was “simmer” and warned he was about to be punished by the referee for his antics.

Others have suggested the animosity might be surprising given that Medvedev is fluent in French and has a residence in Monaco, although he has faced fans before – including at the US Open in 2019 and the Open from Australia earlier this year.

The Moscow-born star was also seen taking on an abusive fan at the Canadian Open in August.

Medvedev then suffered a disappointing loss to Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion but who currently sits a modest 284th in the ATP rankings.

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Medvedev, 26, said on the eve of the tournament that he was aiming to get back in shape ahead of big events to close the season, with the Paris Masters 1000 at the end of October and the ATP finals in Turin in November.

The Russian was recently knocked down from his world number one spot after a fourth-round exit at the US Open, where he was hoping to defend his title.

Medvedev now sits fourth in the ATP rankings after being usurped by Spanish teenage star Carlos Alcaraz, who won his maiden Grand Slam title in New York.

Wawrinka was delighted with his upset victory on Thursday as he equalized his head-to-head record with Medvedev at 2-2.

“We always have good battles” says the Swiss.

“He is at the top of the standings. One of the best players and the nicest person off the pitch so it’s always great to play against each other.

Wawrinka faces Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the quarter-finals in Metz.


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