Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev, 24, insists he has a great relationship with his coach Gilles Cervara and he considers him a friend. The 24-year-old has been working with coach Cervara for over three years and it could be safely said their collaboration has been nothing but a success so far.
The Russian enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019, when he made nine finals and claimed four titles. Medvedev made it all the way at the Masters events in Cincinnati and Shanghai, while he fell just short of winning his maiden Grand Slam in New York as he ended runner-up at the US Open.
"I have been training with Gilles for over three years and we have a very good relationship. Besides being my coach, I can say without hesitation that he is also my friend. We both spend a lot of time together and it's very normal that sometimes there are small conflicts.
Fortunately, we always resolve them quickly," Medvedev told Ubitennis, as revealed on We Love Tennis France. "I remember that the start of our collaboration was complicated. He spoke French and I really didn't know anything about this language.
Over the years I have learned this wonderful language and now I understand everything. I can even say that France is like my second country, since I have been living in Cannes for a while now." Medvedev, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world last year, is now ranked at No. 5 in the world.