Daniil Medvedev has put on quite the display at the award presentation following the Australian Open Mens grand final on January 30.
The Russian, Medvedev, lost the final match of the Open to Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Having missed the Grand Slam title, and the $2.875million paycheck that comes with it, Medvedev was clearly frustrated, and mouthing off as Nadal received his award.
Originally compressing his emotion, Medvedev spoke with Nadal quietly as as Master of Ceremonies Todd Woodbridge began the ceremony. Then, Medvedev graciously spoke about his successful opponent, saying:
“It’s tough to talk after five hours 30 and losing but I want to congratulate Rafa because what you did today, I was amazed.”
“You raised your level after two sets for the 21st Grand Slam. I thought you were going to get tired, and maybe you did a little, but you still won the match. You are an amazing champion.”
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As Tennis Australia Chair Jayne Hrdlicka sung Nadal’s praises, Medvedev seemed to mouth the word “boring”.
“You were clearly determined to (stop) history in the making for the second time in a row, and that didn’t happen tonight,” Hrdlicka said.
“But there is no doubt that we are going to see you back here and that you are on your way to making your own records in the tennis history books. Congratulations.”
Then, the camera zoomed in on Medvedev, who seemed to mouth the word ‘Boring’.