“Yeah, good to keep doing the consistency here in Paris. Whenever I come here I feel good, feeling that I need to work on the points, on the matches, just trying to be positive match by match. . It feels good to be in the second week of a slam this year,” added the Russian, who fell at the quarter-final stage to Dominic Thiem last year, representing his best Grand Slam showing to date.
“It's tough to answer exactly why is that. But you feel like a human being more energised, let's say, energy-wise you feel it's really good. You feel the atmosphere. Even though we don't have a crowd, like full crowd this year. Maybe the courts, the conditions also this year a little bit different but still suits me here in Paris.
“At the end of the day it's Grand Slam. For sure you try to put your best performance. I try to put my best performance every tournament, of course. But when it's coming to a slam, best-of-five sets, I think that's why it makes more special those kind of tournaments to play good, to win especially.
“I think I put everything together, my mind, mentality, game-wise. At the end of the day it's all about emotions and how you deal with them during every match.”