Daniil Medvedev asked to be defaulted out of the Italian Open as his continued vendetta against clay continued in Rome. The world No 2 has become an immovable forced on hard courts during his meteoric rise in the men’s game.
But the 25-year-old continues to get frustrated every time he steps onto the red dirt.
After receiving a bye in the opening round, he was expected to cruise past fellow Russian Karastev in his opening match in Italy.
However, after falling a set and a break behind he completely flipped out and asked to be removed from the tournament.
“It’s the worst surface in the world for me,” Medvedev fumed. “But if you like to be in the dirt like a dog, I don’t judge.”
He then turned to match supervisor Gerry Armstrong and exclaimed: “I don’t wanna be here.
“Gerry, please default me, it would be better for everybody.”
Medvedev went on to lose the match 6-2 6-4 as he got his wish and was sent home.
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