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Medvedev, lost in translation in Los Cabos: ‘He was actually asking me to do rock, paper, scissors!’
An otherwise straightforward quarterfinal victory for Medvedev took a confusing twist as a line call debate got heated—and a challenge from Ricardas Berankis only added to the chaos.
Published Aug 05, 2022
WATCH: Ricardas Berankis offered to play "rock, paper, scissors" after a decision made by the chair umpire didn't sit well with Daniil Medvedev during their Los Cabos quarterfinal. Except the world No. 1 didn't understand what his opponent was suggesting.
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev barely broke a sweat during his 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ricardas Berankis on Thursday in Los Cabos, powering into the Mifel Open semifinals in an hour and 20 minutes.
But it wouldn’t be a Medvedev match without a little drama, no matter how straightforward the scoreline looks.
Midway through his match on Stadium court against Berankis, a dubious line call nearly sent Medvedev spiraling. With Medvedev leading 3-0 in the second set, the Russian player says he heard an 'out' call come during the backswing of one of his shots.
The ball was later ruled in, and when there was no replay of the point Medvedev made his thoughts known—but it seems that in the confusion, Berankis’ own thoughts were lost in translation.
“I didn’t see [the point] yet, so I don’t know if I’m right or not. I think the referee called out before my shot—I’ll have to see, maybe I’m wrong,” Medvedev recalled during the post-match press conference.
“And Ricardas was telling me something, which I found out after the match. It [sounded] really close to ‘[Let’s] do this like men.’ And I was like, Yeah, but he said out before my shot!”
Berankis gamely conceded the point, and with the issue eventually resolved, a disgruntled Medvedev returned to business at hand: dominating the match. Medvedev won 81% of points behind his first serve, and didn’t drop serve at all as he saved two break points en route to the semifinals.
It wasn’t until after the match that Medvedev realized exactly what Berankis had been trying to say:
“He was actually asking me to do rock, paper, scissors,” Medvedev said, laughing. “Which I didn’t understand, because it was a very close game of words. And I would do it! It’s a lot of fun, and it was 3-0 and I would actually do it—it would be super funny.
“After the match, I was, like, disappointed, like ‘Ah okay, that’s what he meant!’ It’s a pity that we couldn’t do it.”
Either way, Medvedev advanced to the last four in Los Cabos, where he’ll face No. 4 seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia on Friday evening. The world No. 1 is seeking his first title of the season at the ATP 250 event.