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Grigor Dimitrov dumped US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev out of the Paris Masters in the round of 32 on Wednesday after an epic three-set encounter in the French capital. And some tennis fans think the Russian gave the middle finger to the crowd as he left the court after being booed during the match.

Medvedev has been in scintillating form in recent months and reached the final of the Vienna Open and the final of the China Open last month after losing to Novak Djokovic in the US Open final in September. But he was unable to match Dimitrov in Paris as the Bulgarian won 6-3 6-7 7-6.

The match was tense, with Dimitrov needing seven points to close it out. And at one stage during the second set, Medvedev sat on the side of the court and refused to play after being booed by fans in the arena. He eventually restarted the game after receiving a time violation.

At the end of the match, Medvedev left the court and was caught by the cameras staring intently at his right hand as he walked away. And some fans were convinced that he was turned away from the crowd in Paris.

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“Daniil Medvedev appears to have given the crowd in Paris the middle finger in response to some boos as he left the court,” said @KennyDucey on X (formerly Twitter). Meanwhile, @FS_Tenis1 said: “After squeaky behavior by spectators at the #RolexParisMasters, Daniil Medvedev left the court, giving the crowd the middle finger.” And @WeAreTennis simply asked: “Middle finger from Daniil Medvedev as he leaves the court?”

Medvedev was asked about the apparent hand gesture after the match but was quick to deny any wrongdoing. “I didn’t,” he said. “I checked my nails, like this. No, really, it’s nothing more than that. Why would I do that to this beautiful crowd in Paris-Bercy?”

The booing came towards Medvedev after the player threw his racket in anger. And after the match, the 2021 US Open champion said: “So what happened is I throw the racket, I get booed. Normal. I don’t see a problem with that.

“I go to serve, they suggest or something. But I want to serve. They should not give praise. So I’m still serving. The referee was talking during this, so Gregor was not ready. Okay, that happens, but I get booed. I didn’t see why, so I didn’t want to play. That’s really the end of the story. Then I was like, okay. Till they boo, I’m not going to play.

“But the Bercy crowd does not stop to boo. So I was like, okay. Then when I got a code, I was like, ‘do I really want to be disqualified and finish the game on this note? No.’ So I went to play.”

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