In an interview with L'Equipe, Daniil Medvedev's coach Gilles Cervara spoke about the Russian player's Shanghai Masters title. Cervara was asked if he expected such a big breakthrough by the 23-year-old Moscow native.
"At this extent of success, clearly not. I see myself two years ago just here where I really started creating with him, building a way, something deep and now it paid off. No, we could not imagine it, but it was also because we did not know what his potential was," said Cervara.
"The surprising thing about Daniil is that he very quickly reacts to the right things. It means, if you speak about something that has the sense to him, there will immediately be an effect. It's also on his preparation, training, physical work.
In amtch, it's the same. I try to help him. It's amazing. Crazy." Looking at the future, Cervara added: "What we see now is Daniil Medvedev, that's his identity. That's his strength, difference, fashion.
He is in a dynamic where everything gets together and he reacts well. Even if he has less good moments, he still performs well. He has a weapon, the serve, that makes him win free points, a solid baseline game, his offensive game got stronger and he is even more able to win points at the net if he has something to improve.
Will he always be like this? I want to say yes (laughter)! But life is about cycles. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have been winning for 20 years. So it may keep going."