US Open: Daniil Medvedev says he didn’t think the crowd at Flushing Meadows hooted him

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev said he felt no hostility towards him personally from the crowd when he beat Novak Djokovic.

The chair umpire had to tell fans inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium to settle down several times when the Russian was at the Championship stadium.

“I don’t think they are booing me,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Medvedev convincingly beat Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 to claim his first Grand Slam honor.

The crowd at Flushing Meadows is known to create a boisterous atmosphere during the major tournament and Medvedev produced three double faults as he tried to serve for the title.

“There were a lot of Serbian fans,” said the 25-year-old. “I didn’t hear any boos from my side, I heard screams for Novak.

“Of course, in those times when I was doing second serves and double faults, it’s not easy because it doesn’t happen often, so you’re not used to it.

“And that was the end of the game, so I didn’t feed on it. I didn’t even think ‘what should I do with it?’ I just knew I had to focus on myself, try to win the game no matter if it’s strong or if it’s calm, for or against me.

“My goal was to win the game and I’m happy that I put everything aside and managed to do it.”

World number two Medvedev has enjoyed an uneven relationship with supporters of the US Open, telling the crowd during his run to the final in 2019 that their boos had given him “so much energy.”

“I am ready to play any tournament in any part of the world,” he said. “Some people like me and in other places like the US Open they booed me two years ago and then cheered me on in the final.

“Sometimes I make mistakes, like everyone else, but I make mistakes because I am myself.

“I’m just gonna take it slow [with the crowds] and just be myself. Not just with the crowd, but in life. I’m not trying to fake anything.

“If I had thanked everyone from the start when I was just one of the top 100 players, then maybe I would be loved more – but that’s not my style. I just want to be myself and let people decide if they like me or not. ”

All eyes were on Djokovic, 34, in New York as the world number one tried to become the first man in over 50 years to win the four tennis majors in the same year.

He also aimed to surpass the Grand Slam titles total of tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the trio having all locked 20 trophies apiece.

“I told him right away at the net that I was sorry because I knew what he wanted to do,” Medvedev added.

“And really, tennis is a brutal sport because there are two people from the first round and only one can win – it’s brutal, so after the game I said sorry.

“He’s a great champion and he congratulated me and for him it was such a difficult time but to be honest I have never seen Novak not lovable after a loss. That’s why he is a true champion. . “

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