Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev suffered an early exit from the Madrid Open after losing to his compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the round of 16. The match was not without controversy as Medvedev stopped playing at one point, insisting that the crowd be silenced after they began booing him during the first set tie-break.
Despite his outburst, Medvedev was unable to gain the upper hand and eventually lost to Karatsev 7-6(1) 6-4.
Karatsev, who is currently ranked 121st in the world, will face China’s Zhang Zhizhen in his first-ever quarter-final appearance at an ATP Masters tournament. Reflecting on his victory over Medvedev, Karatsev acknowledged that beating a top-10 opponent requires a lot of mental strength and focus.
He spoke about his struggles in the past year but expressed happiness with his current form and the progress he has made. With his confidence soaring, Karatsev will be looking to make his mark in the tournament and continue his impressive run.