Daniil Medvedev lost the Australian Open final in a grueling, five-plus-hour match vs. Rafael Nadal.
Nadal crawled back from two sets down in a stunning display of grit and resilience.
After the match, Medvedev joked that his wife probably broke his TV back home out of frustration.
Daniil Medvedev is known to fly off the handle at times during tennis matches.
And it turns out his wife may be just as hot-headed while watching him compete.
The Russian superstar lost a grueling, five-plus hour thriller to Rafael Nadal in the 2022 Australian Open final. The Spaniard crawled back from two sets down in a stunning display of grit and resilience to force a decisive fifth set and, eventually, win his record-breaking 21st career Grand Slam title.
Though Medvedev was "amazed" by Nadal's indefatigable energy and spirit, he surely was frustrated with himself after surrending a two-set lead from early in the match. And he joked that his wife, Daria Medvedev, was exasperated as well — so much so that she may have taken her anger out on an innocent household staple.
"Usually there is my wife in the box, but, yeah, probably the TV is broken right now," Medvedev joked, and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena roared with laughter.
"She's my biggest support, so I want to thank her," he added.
Daria — whose maiden name is Chernyshkova — was a high-achieving, competitive tennis player herself in her youth. At one point, according to Express.co.uk, she even ranked in the top-100 at the junior level.
And though her husband insists that she's "not teach[ing] me to play forehand or backhand," he says that she regularly provides him with "some mental strength and mental stability to be a better tennis player."
"She helps me a lot," Medvedev said in November, per the ATP Tour. "She knows I support her in many ways. So we enjoy being with each other, we enjoy living with each other, we love each other, and that helps me on the tennis court. It's as easy as that."
With the tennis calendar just beginning and the next major tournament — the French Open — scheduled for late spring, Medvedev is set to compete for more Grand Slam hardware in short order. The reigning US Open champion earned his best-ever result at Roland Garros last year, having advanced to the quarterfinals where he lost to eventual finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Perhaps having come so close to a second Grand Slam title will be enough to fuel his first win on the clay. But if not, his wife may have some more technological woes in store.
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