Daniil Medvedev in action

‘Tennis needs Daniil Medvedev – his madness is his charm’ says Guy Forget

Tennis need players like Daniil Medvedev, says Guy Forget, as he has a unique personal ‘different’ charm.

Medvedev won the Paris Masters on Sunday, beating Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 to claim his first title of the season.

It has been a slow return to form for Medvedev, who was once again dumped out of the French Open in the first round last month, but was was a worthy winner in Paris-Bercy.

Perhaps more to the point, though, he has had his character hailed by tournament director Guy Forget, who believes the Russian will be essential to tennis moving forward.

“We know [Medvedev’s] a whimsical boy, that’s what makes him charming,” Forget said.

“He has that little touch of madness that makes him likeable. We remember his spat with the New York public who helped him to transcend himself.

“It was reminiscent of a certain John McEnroe. Tennis needs players like that, a little different. We have a beautiful winner.”

It was Medvedev’s third Masters-level career title and he is now looking a favourite to impress at the ATP Finals this month.

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.