Daniil Medvedev cupped his ear once again towards the US Open crowd – but this time it was with a smile and the knowledge he had won them over.
His previous ‘bad’ behaviour had been forgiven with a heroic performance in his five-set defeat by Rafael Nadal in the final in New York.
Earlier in the tournament he had been booed, but on Sunday the crowd chanted his name while he fought back from two sets and a break down before succumbing in a five-set thriller.
“I knew I had to leave my heart out there for them,” the 23-year-old Russian said after the 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 defeat.
“I had to do that for myself first of all, but also for them. I think they saw it and they appreciate it. I’m thankful to them for this.”
Medvedev has had a tempestuous relationship with the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium over the past fortnight, having been booed earlier in the tournament for trolling them with his provocative post-match celebrations and interviews.