“Gross abuse of the coaching allowance!” – Carlos Alcaraz getting on-court coaching from Juan Carlos Ferrero on almost every point against Daniil Medvedev at US Open irritates fans on social media
The Spaniard suffered loss against Medvedev in semis with a score of 6-7, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6.
(L) Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz; (R) Alcaraz's coach Juan Carlos Ferrero (Via Imago)
Following the semi-final match between Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev, fans are enraged with the constant coaching Alcaraz received from his coach. The young Spaniards coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, was constantly seen coaching the defending champion from his box. Some fans even went as far as to say that it was a ‘gross abuse’ of the coaching allowances.
The tennis audience resorted to Twitter (now called X) to defend the Russian, saying that his opponent was receiving abnormally high amounts of coaching from his team. Some people were even wondering why Medvedev was not receiving the same amount of coaching at any point during the match. “Alcaraz’s coach is getting on my nerves, ” said an X user. Some people were beginning to go down paths, thinking what would Alcaraz’s game be like if coaching was not allowed this year.
While coaching by the team is allowed during matches, the semi-final at Arthur Ashe seemed to go a bit over the top. With constant instructions from his team, it almost seemed like the Spaniard was playing purely based on those instructions alone. This aspect of the game made the people furious, saying it was an unfair advantage to Alcaraz.
Despite the seemingly never-ending coaching the Spaniard received from his team, Alcaraz could not win the face-off against Medvedev. The Spaniard saw a disappointing loss with a score of 6-7, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6. This stopped Alcaraz in his tracks to defend his title. Had he managed to win this year, he would have been the first player to defend his US Open title since Roger Federer in 2008.
Daniil Medvedev upsets defending champion Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz held high hopes from the tennis audience for the US Open. He was highly regarded and people even coined the term ‘New Big-3’ and made the Spaniard a third of it, along with Jannik Sinner and Holger Rune. However, he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final.
Alcaraz was in very good form throughout the tournament. People were almost certain that he would manage to succeed in his title defense. But all hopes were thwarted when Medvedev came gushing into the semi-final with an unbeatable attitude.
Medvedev defeated Alcaraz in an exhausting 4-set thriller, marking his second final appearance at the US Open. There, he will face Novak Djokovic once again, each player on their own path to reach their goals, Russian for his second Major and Serb for his 24th.
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