World no . 4 Daniil Medvedev claimed 29 wins in the previous 32 encounters after Wimbledon, playing in six consecutive finals and hoping for more of the same at the last Masters 1000 event in Paris. The Russian lost to Jeremy Chardy 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes, with the Frenchman scoring the 70th Masters 1000 victory and earning the place in the last 16 after the 12th top-10 victory in a career.
Both players won 91 points overall but Chardy was there to play his best tennis when he needed it the most, fending off an incredible 14 out of 15 break chances and earning three breaks to seal the deal and grab the most notable victory in 2019.
Daniil had more winners and fewer unforced errors but couldn't find the way to seize his chances and make more damage on the return, the segment that cost him the triumph today as there was nothing to separate them in the shortest and mid-range exchanges.
The Russian made the better start, dropping four points in the first set and breaking Chardy at 15 in the tenth game when the Frenchman sprayed a forehand error. Jeremy took charge in the second set, securing a break in the fifth game when Daniil sent a backhand long, moving 5-2 up thanks to a forehand error from Medvedev and closing the set in the next game after fending off a break chance for a 6-2.
In the final set, Jeremy repelled all nine break points given to Daniil (seven in the first three service games), stealing the rival's serve at 3-3 with a forehand winner and serving for the victory at 5-4. Chardy saved a break point with a service winner and moving over the top when Medvedev sent a forehand long to start a massive celebration.
Jeremy will nowe face Cristian Garin or John Isner in the third round, seeking the first Masters 1000 quarter-final since Montreal 2015.