“The way I won was quite ugly"
Against Wawrinka, he arrived on court with his thigh heavily strapped and with various bits of him covered in tape. Ah, this might not take long, those paid to know about such things thought. But they were wrong.
Much of the taping was merely precautionary and while he was struggling with that sore thigh – and was not sure if he could even finish the match – a pain killer helped him on his way. There was, quite simply, no stopping him. He won 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
“In the first two sets, I didn't have any emotions because I was thinking, I'm losing the match because of my leg,” Medvedev said. “I'm either going to retire or come back to the locker room in one hour as the loser of the match.
“Then when it was like 5-3 in the second, I was like, OK, now I'm starting to get stressed because I'm close to being 2-0 up in the sets. I'm definitely not going to retire when it's 2-0 up for me!
“I felt the way I won was quite ugly, because that's what I had to do. I am still really painful in my leg. I knew I have to play without rhythm. Some games I have to not run to relax my leg. I was hitting full power, then suddenly I was doing dropshots in the middle. In crucial moments maybe it will make him miss. That's what has worked. Of course, I would prefer to win in a normal way with a normal tennis game, but that's how I won.”