After his match with Nick Kyrgios at the 2022 Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev reacted to fans ‘booing’ him. However, legendary tennis star Jim Courier had to explain what the crowd was really doing.

No.2 seed Daniil Medvedev battled past home favorite Nick Kyrgios on Day Four at the Australian Open. The Russian won the thrilling encounter 7-6(1) 6-4 4-6 6-2, but the match wasn’t without incident.

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Medvedev thought fans were booing him

After the match had ended, the Russian hit out at the raucous night crowd on Rod Laver Arena. However, it seemed Daniil Medvedev thought fans were booing him during the match.

“That’s the only choice when you are booed between first and second serves,” he said. Medvedev also told the crowd to be quiet and “show some respect” as he spoke to Jim Courier after the match had finished.

“If you respect somebody, at least respect Jim Courier. He’s a former champion here,” he said.

However, Aussie legend Courier had to explain to Medvedev that the crowed wasn’t booing, rather, they were crying out Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark “Siu” celebration in between points.

The Manchester United star performs the ‘Siu’ celebration after scoring a goal. It involves him jumping up while rotating in mid-air, and shouting ‘Siu’ as he lands. Football crowds are also known to shout the phrase during the celebration.

Even after it was explained to him, Medvedev was still unhappy. He taunted the crowd which then did prompt a round of boos. In his postgame interview with Eurosport he added: “It’s just a little disappointing when they are making so much noise between 1st and 2nd serve, I guess some people just have a low I.Q”

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Andy Murray previously complained about the Siu celebration

Medvedev isn’t the first player to complain about the crowd’s ‘Siu’ chants at the 2022 Australian Open.

Against Nikoloz Basilashvili in his first round match, Andy Murray also thought he was being booed, called the noise ‘irritating.’

He said: “Painful stuff there. Those guys.”

In his press conference afterwards, he added: “First I thought they were booing me but then I realised they were doing the same sound Ronaldo does when he scores. It was incredibly irritating.”

The British hopeful lost his second round tie to Japan’s Taro Daniel. Meanwhile, Medvedev will next face Botic van de Zandschulp in the next round.

After his latest exchange with the Melbourne crowd, there could well be some hostility.