Daniil Medvedev was made to look foolish on and off the court today in the final at Halle, as a torrent of shouting towards his coach Gilles Cervara saw the Frenchman storm off and not return.
Medvedev was well beaten by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, who claimed victory in straight sets, 6-1 6-4.
Cervara was the victim of one blast of yelling from the world No.1 late in the first set, before a second altercation was enough to prompt Cervara to leave.
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Hurkacz would go on to claim a comfortable victory.
“Daniil is the best player in the world so it’s very tricky to play him,” he said afterwards.
“All the right shots went my way at the beginning, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that.”
The Pole had beaten Nick Kyrgios in the semis to reach the final, and is among the favourites to win the title at Wimbledon – where of course, Medvedev is banned from competing.
Speaking afterwards, Medvedev apologised to his wife and the fans, but did not address the incident with Cervara.
“Daria, thanks a lot for this week,” he said.
“Not easy to be with me on the court sometimes but hopefully next time will be easier and much better.
“Also thank you guys [the crowd] very much, sorry for not making this match longer and more interesting!”
Medvedev had been in ruthless form at the tournament, not dropping a set until the final.
“Congrats to you and your team,” Medvedev said of his opponent.
“You guys are super nice. Hopefully a lot more matches to play on the biggest stage. Congrats for a great week and the title”.
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