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Daniil Medvedev makes a plea after uncomfortable confrontation with Holger Rune

Daniil Medvedev was involved in a tense exchange with Holger Rune during their Indian Wells quarter-final, but the Russian has insisted the incident should be viewed as a misunderstanding and not a bust-up.
After Medvedev took the opening set of the match, the contentious incident took place at the start of the season set. With both players at the net, Rune hit the ball at Medvedev and the convention in tennis is to offer an apology if you strike a ball towards your opponent from close range.
Medvedev looked to Rune for an apology and when it was not forthcoming, he quickly showed his disdain for his young rival by putting two fingers to his eyes to suggest he was keeping an eye on him.

 

 

That was when umpire Carlos Bernardes intervened to let Medvedev know Rune had, in fact, offered the apology he was seeking. Medvedev quickly changed his attitude and shook hands with his opponent, as he insisted he didn’t want the incident to become a moment that is spoken about for years to come. “I didn’t see him say sorry after he went for me, you know,” said Medvedev. “You run for the balls, it’s not an easy ball because you go cross, you go line, it’s actually a good tactic to go at your opponent, but then you say sorry and you forget about it.
“I think that when you say sorry usually this gets forgotten straightaway and stuff like this.
“I didn’t see it. So I got mad. But it was, it happened, and then when they both told me it happened, that’s when I was from my side, sorry for my reaction. Let’s move forward.”

 

 

Medvedev went in to express his concern that the incident will now be highlighted every time he plays Rune and he is keen to avoid that outcome.
“The thing is that we’re living in such a world now with social media, this is probably going to be there for like, I don’t know, 10 years,” he added. “The good points that we had, they were amazing, gonna be in one day no one remembers. “It is what it is. What happened on the court, it’s good that it was already on the court it was, like, over. I didn’t see him say sorry, so for sure I get a ball in me, which is not a problem, this can happen. Usually sorry, sorry, whatever. I didn’t see it, but he did it.
“I didn’t know. I get crazy, I get mad. Carlos tells me he said sorry, he tells me he said sorry. I say sorry that I didn’t see you say sorry. And all is done. I don’t think there is a continuation to this story. Yeah, hopefully.”
Medvedev will play America’s Tommy Paul in one of the Indian Wells semi-finals on Saturday and will be a strong favourite to progress to a final against Carlos Alcaraz or Jannik Sinner.

The winner of the Alcaraz vs Sinner match be world No 2 in the ATP rankings next week, with the consistent Medvedev eager to get into the mix to climb above the duo in the rankings and then look to oust Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

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