‘I don’t wanna be here, please default me’ – Daniil Medvedev suffers another clay meltdown

Daniil Medvedev put in a bizarre performance at the Rome Masters, even by his usual standards for clay court events.

The world number two has openly admitted that he dislikes to play clay events, believing neither his game nor physique is suited to it.

True to form, he crashed out of the tournament in his first match, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Aslan Karatsev.

His on-court behaviour was the real story, though, with him asking to be defaulted, stopping for a spot of gardening, and joking around on the court as his game struggled.

It was all much to the amusement of compatriot Andrey Rublev, who could be seen laughing in the stands at Medvedev’s antics.

“It’s the worst surface in the world for me,” Medvedev said to the umpire after being broken in the second set.. “But if you like to be in the dirt like a dog, I don’t judge.”

He then turned his attention to match supervisor Gerry Armstrong, saying: “I don’t wanna be here.

“Gerry, please default me, it would be better for everybody.”

Later on in the match, Medvedev even turned to attempting to coach himself, although not especially effectively.

“I take the ball in the middle but it doesn’t walk,” he said to himself.

“I’m doing my best, what can I do? Better wait for Halle, it’s a much better tournament.”

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