Tokyo Olympics: Medvedev battles heat to stay on course for Djokovic showdown

Medvedev defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Ariake Tennis Park.

Daniil Medvedev struggled with the scorching heat in Tokyo on Wednesday before reaching the Olympic quarter-finals, Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | Jul 28, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Daniil Medvedev struggled with the scorching heat in Tokyo on Wednesday before reaching the Olympic quarter-finals. Staying on course for a heavyweight clash with Novak Djokovic. Second-seed Medvedev defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Ariake Tennis Park.

MEDVEDEV AND DJOKOVIC URGE TO DELAY THE START TIME

Novak Djokovic and Medvedev had urged organisers to delay the start times. The Serb beat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 in his opening match. He said the conditions meant that players were “constantly dehydrated”.

“You feel you have weights on your shoulders because there’s so much heat and humidity and stagnated air,” the 34-year-old said.

“You don’t feel yourself, you feel slow with your legs. It’s not the first time we get to experience tough conditions. I spoke to a couple of guys in the locker room and all of them said this is the toughest that they have experienced day to day.”

World number two Medvedev, 25, also called for a rethink on scheduling, suggesting a 6pm start, and added it was a “joke” that players were allowed only one minute at changeovers rather than the usual 90 seconds.

“I CAN DIE”

Asked by the umpire if he was alright during the second set, the Russian replied: “I can finish the match, but I can die. If I die, who will take responsibility?”

Following a 10-minute interval between the second and third sets, Medvedev broke Fognini and won the first three games of the decider. He saved three break points at 4-2 before clinching victory after two hours and 25 minutes.

World number one Djokovic continues his Olympic title bid against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina later on Wednesday. With Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2016 bronze medallist, taking on Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.