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'I can finish the match but I can die,' says Daniil Medvedev during Olympics win

Daniil Medvedev unamused at Olympics

Daniil Medvedev says he 'could die' on court in the heat at the Tokyo Olympics after another scorching day at the games.

Medvedev advanced in three sets against Fabio Fognini, and will now play Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals.

However, it was the heat that was the major talking point, with the Russian requiring the attention of a physio during the match.

“I’m fine," Medvedev told the chair umpire during a medical timeout. "I can finish the match but I can die. If I die will the ITF take responsibility?”

Medvedev took full advantage of the ITF's extreme weather policy, which allows a 10-minute break between the second and third sets.

He went to the dressing rooms and took a cold shower, and after the match he explained how much he was struggling with the heat.

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“Even from the first set I didn’t feel good enough with my breathing," he said.

"That’s why I called the physio, I felt like my diaphragm was blocked.

“And then in the second set, I just had darkness in my eyes, like between every point, I didn’t know what to do to feel better.

"Like I was bending over and I couldn’t get my breath together so I was ready to just fall down on the court.”

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