"Third set I had some chances ... I got a bit tight. Made some mistakes maybe I shouldn't make, and maybe the match would be over. That was not the case,” Medvedev said. "I think also he played unbelievable.”
After Medvedev failed to convert more break points in the opening game of the fourth, he soon fell behind 4-1, becoming increasingly disgruntled on court.
At that point, his coach, Gilles Cervara, departed the stadium and did not return.
"He said just before leaving that he's sure I'm gonna win the match, but he's gonna leave me alone to be more calm, actually,” Medvedev revealed.
Two games later, Medvedev left the court to receive treatment on a left glute injury, and two games after that, Krajinovic earned a pair of set points, shrugged off consecutive double faults on those points, and converted on his third opportunity to send the match to a fifth.
Suddenly, Medvedev was re-energised, increasingly redirecting the ball and adding sting to his shots. "I tried to change my position on my return in fifth set, seemed to be working well I guess,” he laughed.