After the blockbuster Australian Open semi-final between Russian ice-man Daniil Medvedev and German Alexander Zverev, Medvedev was seen shouting one word to his team in the stands.
The 2021 US Open champ — widely considered a villain on the tennis scene for his on-court antics — mouthed the word clearly, and needless to say amateur lip-readers from around the globe started to jump up and down as they believed they had cracked the code.
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The conclusion arrived at by many was that Medvedev had been shouting the word “karma”.
It is well known there is no love lost between Medvedev and Zverev.
And there are many reason Medvedev would have loved coming from two sets down — 5-7 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 — to win a match for the ages to send the German packing while making the Australian Open final.
Daniil Medvedev appears to shout “karma” after defeating Zverev in the Aus Open semi-final. Credit: Getty Images
If he was in fact shouting “karma”, it could be because Zverev said the exact same word about Medvedev when the latter lost in the first round at Roland Garros in May last year (as seen on the Netflix doco Break Point).
It also possible it could have something to do with the fact that Zverev is accused of “physically abusing” a woman during an argument in 2020, and Medvedev’s wife Daria is friends with Olya Sharypova, who is one of two women to make allegations against the German.
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Of course, Medvedev could have been saying “calmer” — making reference to his own combustible personality that he has tried to temper — and Zverev’s fiery implosion in the fifth set which resulted in a code violation.
In his post-match interview Medvedev was quick to shut down the “karma” theory that spread like wildfire on social media after the match.
“When you won the match and you were walking towards the net, you turned to your coach and your team there, and you seemed to say, shout the word ‘karma.’ What was that in relation to?” a journalist asked Medvedev.
But Medvedev was having none of it.
“No no, no, it was not it,” he said.
“I try to not go on Twitter but I went on Twitter and I saw it all over the place.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God’ … I had my moments, probably the most with (Greek tennis player Stefanos) Tsitsipas, and even with him we seem to be, you know, we’re not friends but we seem to respect each other more than before.
“So same. It was something related to my team.
“Something about mentality. So, yeah, nothing to do with this. I would not be happy to do it this way.”
Zverev copped a code violation for this. Credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
After losing the first two sets, the 27-year-old hung tough to win the next two sets in tiebreaks as Zverev, who complained he’s been suffering from sickness, began to wilt.
The Russian then dominated the final set to take out the match and set up huge final clash against Jannik Sinner on Sunday.
For Zverev, the match was a near replica of the 2020 US Open final where he threw away a two-set lead to lose to Dominic Thiem in his only grand slam final to date.
“I’ve never made it that tough before and I’m happy about it,” Medvedev said after the gruelling match.
“Before, my statistics in five-set matches were not good.
“Physically and mentally it’s tough, five sets.
“Many times (in the past) in the fifth, I was not strong enough.
“So I’m happy.”
Medvedev has played in five previous major finals, but has only won one of them – a straight-sets victory over Djokovic at the 2021 US Open.