NEW YORK (Reuters) – Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev overcame a hostile crowd to secure a 7-6(1) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 win over Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in a tension-filled clash on Friday and book a spot in the last 16 of the U.S. Open.
Medvedev, who was heartily booed by the crowd inside Louis Armstrong Stadium at every opportunity after giving them the middle finger, relied on his powerful serve to put away Lopez and keep alive his hopes for a maiden Grand Slam title.
Playing for the second consecutive day after rain wiped out a slew of Wednesday matches, Medvedev later told the crowd that their negative energy is what carried him to victory.
“The energy you are giving me right now I think it will be enough for my next (four) matches. The more you do this the more I will win for you. Thank you,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview through a chorus of boos.
“I want all of you to know when you are asleep tonight I won because of you.”
The crowd turned on Medvedev in the…
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