Daniil Medvedev has lost his second consecutive ATP grass final after his loss at the Halle Open.©UKTN
World number one Daniil Medvedev yelled at his coach during an outburst on the pitch on Sunday before losing his second straight ATP grass final when he was pushed aside by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in Halle. Medvedev had few answers as he crashed out to a 6-1, 6-4 defeat in 64 minutes. This is a second heavy defeat in a row for the Russian who also lost in straight sets to Tim van Rijthoven last Sunday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At the start of the second set on Sunday, Medvedev shouted angrily at his French coach Gilles Cervara, who quickly left his seat in the stands and stormed out of the stadium.
After the match, Medvedev apologized to the public for “not making this match longer and more interesting” and admitted that it was “not easy to be with him on the pitch” this week.
Hurkacz won the fifth title of her career, but her first on grass after also reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year.
“Daniil is the best player in the world, so it’s very difficult to play him,” Hurkacz said.
“All the good shots got to me early on, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that.”
En route to the final in Halle, the 25-year-old beat Australian brand Nick Kyrgios in straight sets before outclassing Medvedev.
A protester briefly delayed play on Sunday by sprinting onto the pitch before being escorted out of the stadium by security guards.
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