Daniil Medvedev dances like he is ‘in the club drunk’ as rain delay laughed off

Daniil Medvedev compared his Italian Open celebration to being “in the club completely drunk” after he started dancing when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5 7-5. The second men’s semi-final was delayed by a total of around five hours due to the rain. But the third seed wasn’t bothered, revealing that he laughed off the interruptions.

Medvedev survived a match like no other to book a spot in the biggest clay-court final of his career. The world No 3 and Tsitsipas were all square at 4-4 in the first set after trading breaks when play was suspended due to rain. Two hours and 47 minutes later, they returned to court but played just one more game before there was another lengthy delay.

When play finally resumed almost two hours later, the fifth seed was broken from 40-0 up at 5-5 and Medvedev took the opener 7-5 as a result. He broke in the opening game of the second set before Tsitsipas rallied to break back but it was the 19-time title winner who came through 7-5 7-5 to advance to his first Masters final on the clay.

More than six hours after the match first started, Medvedev started dancing at the baseline as he clinched victory. And after the match, he gave an even more bizarre explanation for the bizarre celebration. “I did once in US Open and it was famous,” he said of the decision to dance.

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While fans were quick to recall that Tsitsipas did a similar dance when beating Medvedev in Cincinnati, the 27-year-old said he was more interested in seeing the moment turned into a GIF. Comparing the dance to being drunk, he continued: “I like the GIF so let’s see what comes up with this one because when you do it, it’s like being in the club completely drunk.

“When you’re dancing, and I have a lot of friends like this, you feel like you’re the god of the dance pole. But then they show you the video, you know, it was not the thing. So I don’t know how did it go but I was just happy to be in my first clay Masters final, looking forward to tomorrow.”

Medvedev also gave an insight into the rain delay, which saw several false starts as he and Tsitsipas would get ready to walk onto court before having to return to the locker room again. And the former world No 1 said that he was able to laugh about the constant confusion instead of getting angry.

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Medvedev explained: “I enjoyed playing today. It was very tough with the rain delay, I warmed up like six or seven times. But actually, sometimes it can throw you off, you can be a little bit angry with the situation.

“Today I don’t know why I was just laughing because there were so many moments where I was with my coach, ‘okay, they’re opening the court, let’s go warm up’, we go there, start warming up. Text – rain is heavy, stop warming up. And we were laughing about this because we were actually, ‘okay, let’s wait and when we can, we play,’ and that’s what I managed to do.”

The world No 3 will now face Holger Rune in Sunday’s final. The seventh seed defeated Casper Ruud earlier on Saturday and will benefit from several hours’ worth of extra rest compared to Medvedev.

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