When the Roland Garros draw came out, there were some happy campers in the bottom half. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were drawn in the upper half, and they are one win away from setting a thrilling semi-final on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Thus, they have left the door open for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev to seek the remaining final spot and advance into the title clash in Paris for the first time. The three mentioned players have fought well so far, all scoring four triumphs to find themselves in the last eight. On Tuesday, Tsitsipas and Medvedev will face each other in a battle for the semi-final, while Zverev battles against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and tries to pass the quarter-final stage for the first time.
Daniil Medvedev spoke about the draw and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev came to Paris with no Roland Garros wins under his belt, not playing well on the slowest surface in the last couple of years and finding his A-game last week to storm into the quarters and remain on the course to become world no. 1. Speaking honestly, the Russian stated that the draw made him, Tsitsipas and Zverev happy, taking pressure off their back and giving them a chance to reach a Major final without facing Nadal or Djokovic. For Medvedev, the later you face Djokovic or Nadal is better, as you have an opportunity to set the title clash against them and throw everything you have on that endeavor towards a Major glory. Daniil lost the previous two Major finals to Rafael Nadal at the US Open 2019 after an epic battle and Novak Djokovic at this year’s Australian Open.
“Having Rafa and Novak on the other part of the draw makes me, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev happy, in a way, because we know we can advance into the final without facing them. Then we can get a chance to beat them in the title clash, which is the best chance possible. Novak and Rafa have proved so many times that they are such great champions, especially at Majors; the later in the draw you face them, the better. That especially goes with Rafa, who has won the title 13 times, barely losing a couple of sets. The mentioned players can’t meet him before the final, and maybe he can lose earlier,” Daniil Medvedev said.