World number one Daniil Medvedev screamed against his coach during a breakout on Sunday before losing his second consecutive ATP grass final when he was eliminated by Pole Hubert Hurkac in Halle.
Medvedev had few answers as he crashed 6-1.6-4 in 64 minutes.
This was the second consecutive heavy defeat in the final for the Russian, who also lost in consecutive sets by Tim van Rietoven last Sunday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
At the beginning of the second set on Sunday, Medvedev shouted angrily at his French coach Gilles Cervara, who immediately left his seat in the stands and flew out of the stadium.
After the match, Medvedev apologized to the audience for “not making this match longer and more interesting” and admitted that “it was not easy to be on the court with him” this week.
Hurkacz won the fifth title of his career, but his first on the grass, after also reaching the Wimbledon semifinals last year.
“Daniel is the best player in the world, so it’s very difficult to play with him,” said Hurkach.
“All the right shots went in the way in the beginning, so I definitely gained a lot of momentum from that.”
On his way to the final in Halle, the 25-year-old faced Australian brand Nick Kyrgios in three sets before beating Medvedev.
The protester briefly halted the game on Sunday, fleeing the field before being escorted out of the stadium by security guards.
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