‘I don’t know what was going through his head,’ says Daniil Medvedev after coach walk-out

Daniil Medvedev says he will ‘sometimes disagree’ with his coach after Gilles Cervara walked out on him at the Australian Open.

Medvedev eventually came through his match against Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0, but he suffered a major blip in the fourth set.

As his frustration grew, he directed increasingly angry comments towards his box, with Cervara eventually deciding to pack up his bag and leave the court.

Medvedev, though, says it was nothing unusual and it is natural that there will occasionally be disagreements.

“I don’t know what was going through his head,” said Medvedev after the win.

“But at least what he said is that he was sure I’m going to win, and he just wanted to leave me alone to be calm.

“Because as myself, as human, that’s why we can have, let’s call it, some frustrating moments, both of us, because we both want to win.

“Him as a coach, me as a player, he wants me to win so he felt like that was the best thing to do.

“Sometimes maybe I will disagree [with Cervara] but this time, yeah, for sure it was a good thing to do.

“I’m sure it happens, I don’t know, once per year, two times per year maximum, maybe once in two years

“But today it helped, and definitely we’re going to talk about it a little bit, but there is not a big deal; let’s call it like this.”

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