‘If I die, who will take responsibility?’: Daniil Medvedev snaps at referee as Russia struggles in the heat and humidity of Tokyo before beating Fabio Fognini in the third round of men’s singles
Daniil Medvedev’s struggle with the heat in Tokyo continued as he suggested he could die from the extreme weather.
The world No. 2 needed two medical time-outs and one coach visit before beating Fabio Fognini in the third round of the men’s tennis singles.
However, the Russian Olympic Committee star was so troubled by the stifling heat and humidity at Ariake Tennis Park that umpire Carlos Ramos asked if he could continue playing.
Daniil Medvedev’s Suggested He Could Die Due to Tokyo’s Extreme Weather
World No. 2’s battle with the heat and humidity at the Olympics continued
Medvedev took revenge, however, and snapped back: ‘I can finish the match, but I can die. If I die, who will take responsibility?’
The heat didn’t stop Medvedev from taking a 6-2 3-6 6-2 win over his Italian counterpart.
But it raised further questions about why organizers failed to honor requests from Medvedev and other players – including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic – to move all games at the Games to the evening earlier in the tournament.
Medvedev, 25, called for a reconsideration of the schedule, stating: “The matches should maybe start at six, because it actually gets a lot of light on the pitch,” the 25-year-old told reporters.
The number 2 in the world required two medical time-outs and one visit from a trainer
“Some tournaments do. I don’t think they will change midway through the tournament, but they can.
“It’s a joke that we only have one minute between switchovers.
“I think if you ask, let’s say 200 tennis players who are here, I think 195 will tell you that a minute is a joke and it should be 1:30 like in ATP tournaments.”
Serb Djokovic, meanwhile, said: “I don’t understand why they don’t start the games at 3:00 PM for example,” he said.
Visibly suffering, Medvedev took time between points, provoking protests from Fabio Fognini
“We still have seven hours to play. They have lights on all lanes.’
“You feel like you have loads on your shoulders because there is so much heat and humidity and the air is stagnant.
‘You don’t feel yourself, you feel sluggish with your legs. It is not the first time that we have to deal with tough conditions. I spoke to a few guys in the locker room and they all said this is the toughest they’ve been through from day to day.
‘I don’t really understand why ITF [the International Tennis Federation] won’t move the matches.’
Novak Djokovic of the world called for all games at the Games to be moved to the evening