Australian Open favourite Daniil Medvedev hit back at a partisan Melbourne Park crowd, calling fans “low I.Q.” for the way they booed during his four-set second-round win over Nick Kyrgios.
Medvedev, who famously became a villain during his run to the US Open final a few years ago with his reactions to the crowd, admitted he tried to ignore the Aussie fans completely during his fiery contest.
While Kyrgios called for the crowd to lift him, Medvedev remained almost silent with the Aussie describing him to courtside commentator Dylan Alcott as a “robot”. The Russian prevailed 7-6(1) 6-4 4-6 6-2.
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But things got awkward post-match when Medvedev was asked about being booed – at least partially, though some fans were still doing the ‘siuuuuu’ Cristiano Ronaldo call-out – during his chat with ex-champion Jim Courier.
First asked how he enjoyed the match, Medvedev flat-batted it, simply saying: “I came to win this match and I am happy I managed to do it.”
Courier responded: “I want to talk about the way that you managed your emotions. You sometimes show more emotions. You sometimes show more emotions than we saw tonight. You were calm and focused. Was that part of your strategy coming out here and dealing with what Nick and the crowd can bring to a night like this?”
Medvedev replied: “That is the only choice when you get booed between first and second serve. You have to stay calm and win the match.”
Courier, amid booing: “I know. I know. I think they are saying “sieuuu” which is a soccer, football thing.”
Medvedev: “Sorry, I can’t hear you. Show some respect for Jim Courier. Thank you, guys. Let him speak please. If you respect somebody, at least respect Jim Courier. What I was saying is… I cannot hear him, guys.”
Courier: “I will come a little closer, what I think they have been saying is “sieuuu” which is a thing when Ronaldo scores a goal. So I think that is what is going on. I don’t think they are booing you. I hope I am right on that.”
Medvedev got the final word in by writing “siuuuu” on the camera lens, but then went even further speaking with Eurosport.
“It’s just a little disappointing when they are making so much noise between 1st and 2nd serve, I guess some people just have a low I.Q.,” he said.
Kyrgios also complained about fans making noise in-between and during serves throughout the match.