Daniil Medvedev Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

‘I am kind of happy about myself,’ admits Daniil Medvedev after tough Paris win


Daniil Medvedev admitted he was ‘happy about himself’ after upsetting the French crowd with a straight sets victory over Hugo Gaston.

The Russian had to compete with the talented and unorthodox Frenchman as well as a vocal Parisian crowd on Friday, though came through the contest 7-6(9), 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes.

The world number two looked set to lose the first set trailing 5-4 40-0, though somehow found a way to take the set on a tense tie-break.

The second set was far more straight forward for Medvedev who quickly raced into a 4-0 lead with Gaston evidently unravelling after the disappointment of the opening set.

Following the contest, Medvedev admitted he was extremely pleased to come through the match against a difficult opponent and a hostile crowd to reach the semi-final stage.

“When [the atmosphere] is against you, you need to face it,” Medvedev said.

“You need to try to win no matter what. Even when it is against me, I think, ‘Well, I will try to beat my opponent and the crowd’ because there is no other choice.

“I am kind of happy about myself, but it was definitely a high-level match.”

Medvedev will now face Alexander Zverev in a repeat of the Paris Masters final after the second seed brushed aside Norwegian star Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4.

12 months ago, the Russian star dispatched the German in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to lift the ATP Finals trophy and will hope to move one step closer to his title defence this time around.

Daniil Medvedev Novak Djokovic US Open 2021
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