‘Loser!’ Medvedev stung by fan volley after Kyrgios defeat

Footage has emerged of the world No 1 taking some unkind stick from fans after his defeat in Montreal

Daniil Medvedev Daniil Medvedev of Russia walks off the court after losing to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during the second round of play at the National Bank Open tennis tournament Wednesday August 10, 2022 in Montreal (Zuma/Panoramic)

As if a round-of-32 defeat didn’t sting enough, footage has now emerged of Daniil Medvedev being barracked by a fan at the Montreal National Bank Open – calling the world No 1 a “loser”.

The Russian lost 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2 to Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios on Thursday – and a social media video shows that as he headed out of the stadium, he was heckled by a male fan.

Medvedev – surrounded by security guards – turned towards the person shouting, and is heard to ask: “What did you say?” Although the background noise obscures much of the conversation, he can then be heard telling the fan: “I’m super calm,” and adding that he doesn’t “like” what he heard from him.

The other fans in the area are seen crowding round to listen to the conversation and to film it, with some telling the original heckler to apologise.

For his part, Medvedev adds: “Don’t look down,” urging his critic to make eye contact with him, and is then followed out by the security detail.

And Kyrgios came to his opponent’s defence, tweeting that the fan behaviour was “disgusting” and adding: “This is the best we have in the sport? Fans need to show some respect.”

Medvedev’s next match is in the round of 32 in Cincinnati on Tuesday, where he is top seed.

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