Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s stay protection of right this moment’s third-round match on the French Open between Miomir Kecmanovic and Daniil Medvedev from Roland Garros in Paris.
It has been a sluggish burner however Daniil Medvedev’s love affair with Paris is lastly starting to blossom.
The Russian second seed is infamous for winding up crowds and had many a run-in with the Melbourne followers on the Australian Open earlier this 12 months.
Medvedev has additionally had his offended moments on the US Open and right here at Roland Garros.
But the 26-year-old, who lives in France and has been talking French in his on-court post-match interviews, has grow to be one thing of a crowd favorite, a de facto dwelling participant.
“I’m not talking about [the] Australian crowd, it was just this year,” Medvedev stated after a cushty 6-3 6-4 6-3 second-round win over Serbia’s Laslo Djere.
“If not, often I’m tremendous completely satisfied to go to Australia and play there. Let’s see how it should be subsequent 12 months.
“Maybe once more, I do know I did some errors additionally. It’s not like they only selected me and stated ‘we’ll be towards him’.
“With [the] French crowd additionally it was up and down typically. I believe the primary 3 times I misplaced in Roland Garros it was towards French guys, and it was powerful. They have been undoubtedly not cheering for me.
“Playing towards a French man in Roland Garros is likely one of the hardest issues in tennis.
“You know, first I did not like – not that I did not like taking part in in France – however I did not have good outcomes. Now I handle to win in Bercy, in Marseille, (reached the) quarters in Roland Garros, so I like taking part in in France.
“Sometimes you need time to adapt.”
Medvedev faces one other Serbian, Kecmanovic, within the third spherical this morning.
Medvedev nonetheless has points with claycourt tennis; the world quantity two struggled at occasions towards Dejere however his elasticity ultimately made up for his lack of pure capacity to maneuver round on the sluggish floor.
“I honestly think I played better in the first round,” Medvedev stated. “I definitely need to play better next rounds, because it’s going to be tougher and tougher. Again, I am not going to lie, I prefer hard courts.”