Coach Gilles Cervara claims that Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the favorite to beat his pupil Daniil Medvedev when the two meet at the French Open. Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high of No. 2 in the world, is set to take on world No.
5 Tsitsipas in the French Open quarterfinal. En route to making the French Open quarterfinal, Medvedev beat Alexander Bublik, Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka and Cristian Garin. "The first rounds he played, against players who allowed him to play like on hard court, maintained this feeling of success (Bublik, Paul, Opelka, Garin).
Now we’re in the quarter-finals against Tsitsipas, who is the other No 1 player on this surface [in addition to Nadal], so I can’t project anything like that. We’re in the last few kilometres now," Cervara told Tennis Majors.
Medvedev has a winning record against Tsitsipas
The head-to-head between the two stands at Medvedev's way as the Russian leads 6-1. I feel like we are the underdog more than the favourite. I think Stefanos has had such an impressive start to the season, especially on clay, that Daniil will have to play a superb match to upset him.
It’s another game. As a coach, it’s not a preparation factor for me. I don’t know about how it will be on the court, it’s possible that there are still memories [of the match in Melbourne]," Cervara added.
Cervara also added that he is not concerned about the match being played in night session behind the closed doors. No, I’m not worried about that. That said, even if I understand the economic reasons for the sale of rights to Amazon Prime Video [for French broadcast], these night sessions give the impression that there is a break in the tournament.
Other coaches I spoke to shared this feeling: evening matches are not part of the culture of the French Open, unlike the other Grand Slams. In the evening at the hotel, you feel disconnected from the tournament," Cervara said.