Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

Daniil Medvedev denied elevating his center finger to the group after being booed
throughout his defeat to Grigor Dimitrov on the Rolex Paris Masters.

He was overwhelmed 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2) within the spherical of 32 and even stopped enjoying within the second set till the boos stopped contained in the Accor Area, which prompted an argument with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein after he was given an official time violation.

The drama began within the second set when, with the scores stage at 5 apiece, the 27-year-old acquired jeers from the Parisian crowd after throwing his racket whereas stepping as much as serve.

Medvedev gestured to the group to be quiet and walked again to his bench in protest and instructed the umpire he wouldn’t play till they stopped. In flip, Medvedev acquired the time violation for delaying the sport.

In the long run, Bulgarian Dimitrov battled to a three-set win after he let six match factors slip earlier than lastly dispatching his opponent on the seventh to advance via to the final 16.

Medvedev acquired extra boos as he walked off the courtroom and appeared to provide the center finger to the group, one thing he later denied.

After the match, he instructed a press convention: “I simply checked my nails, like this, no actually it is nothing greater than that. Why would I do this to this lovely crowd in Paris Bercy?

“I threw the racket, I get booed, regular. I do not see an issue with that. I am going to serve they usually applaud or one thing however I need to serve so that they should not applaud, so I nonetheless serve and the referee was speaking throughout this, so Grigor wasn’t prepared.

“This occurs, however I get booed, I did not see why so I did not need to play and that is really the top of the story.

“I used to be like okay, till they boo I am not going to play however the Bercy crowd would not cease to boo after which after I acquired the code I used to be like ‘do I actually need to get disqualified and end the match on this observe?’ So I simply went on to play.”

Dimitrov will tackle Alexander Bublik subsequent, the place he reached the semi-finals in 2019.

Novak Djokovic defeated Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry in his opening match

World No 1 Novak Djokovic confirmed no indicators of rust from his US Open triumph to win his opening match on the Paris Masters on Wednesday.

Djokovic tightened his grip on the year-end No 1 as he eased previous Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3 6-2 to achieve the third spherical within the French capital.

The 36-year-old might prolonged his benefit to 1,495 factors by successful a record-extending seventh title in Paris-Bercy after his nearest rival Carlos Alcaraz misplaced in his opening match on Tuesday.

Djokovic, chasing a record-extending fortieth Masters 1000 title, will subsequent play Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.

Stefanos Tsitsipas handed a stiff check from the resurgent Felix Auger-Aliassime, the place the Greek’s serving helped him seal a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) triumph.

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