I had to kiss the grass - Medvedev revels in Wawrinka win


Fresh from stunning Stan Wawrinka on his Wimbledon debut, Daniil Medvedev said he could not have imagined even playing on Centre Court a year ago and yet he was already planning a cheeky celebration late in the surprise victory. 

The Russian outfought and out-thought the Swiss world number three to win 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1, marking a first grand slam victory for the 21-year-old.

And a dominant deciding set afforded the world number 49 the opportunity to consider how he would mark the occasion. 

"Already at 5-1 I started thinking what I have to do after the match if I win it," he told the BBC.

"It's my first grand slam win at Centre Court of Wimbledon, my favourite tournament, so I had to kiss the grass, I guess, even though people normally do it when they win the slam," he added with a wry smile.

"First grand slam win, Wimbledon is my favourite slam since the juniors, it still is. Centre Court of Wimbledon, like I was saying yesterday to my friends, even one year ago, I was 250 in the rankings, if someone would say I would win, not only play, but I would win on the Centre Court in Wimbledon, I would say you're joking."

Medvedev has impressed in the build-up to the tournament, losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, having previously reached the quarter-finals of the Aegon Championships, a tournament Wawrinka bowed out of in the first round to eventual winner Feliciano Lopez. 

"I've had a really great grass-court season, I knew Stan had some problems at Queen's and only played one match on grass," he said.

"I knew that I would have the chance if I played good. Third and fourth set especially I was playing amazing, so that's how I won. 

"I got, not lucky, but it was good that I managed to make the second break, because if I would have [only] one break, I think I would have gotten really tight and it would be hard to win, but with two breaks I was more confident."