Coach Gilles Cervara admitted that he wasn’t a big fan of Roland Garros but it all changed with Daniil Medvedev’s deep run at this year’s event.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, collected four first round exits at Roland Garros before making the quarterfinal at the tournament this year.
“That’s right, and the first thing I can say is that since we arrived (Wednesday, May 26), we have an incredible feeling with the place,” Cervara told Tennis Majors. “Before this year, I hated Paris and the French Open. But here, from the first day, I said to myself that the stadium was incredible, at the same level or even higher than the other Grand Slams. You feel a harmony between one place and another, you see the green of the vegetation, there is a form of well-being. As a coach, I don’t just use that to explain the player’s performance, but there was this feeling, from the first day, of being in an ideal environment. When Daniil arrived, he felt that boost.”
Medvedev found his best form at Roland Garros
Medvedev suffered a round-of-16 exit at the Madrid Masters, lost in the Rome Masters second round and also played at the UTS prior to Roland Garros.
“A lot happened during Daniil’s clay-court season. After UTS, every member of the team told him what they had to say. The training we had at the Mouratoglou Academy was very good, we were on a promising work path which was overshadowed by the UTS. The defeat against Moutet was not catastrophic, notably because Moutet had played very well. But on the second day, with this match against Fritz, it was a disaster from the first to the last point,” Cervara said.
“We didn’t know what to expect at Roland-Garros. We didn’t make a big deal of it. We went along with Daniil’s good energy and all the work done beforehand can finally come to the fore here – in particular on the mental level, and I insist on this point because we don’t talk about it enough in France, or we talk about it badly. We are doing specific work with Francisca Dauzet, who brings him a lot. For the last ten days, I’ve been trying to keep Daniil in his state of excellence and his energy because I see that he is in his element.”