“Playing Stefanos in quarters, by the results this year on clay, he's definitely in top three, top four, together with Sascha, Novak, and Rafa on clay,” Medvedev said. “I'm really looking forward to this match.”
Given his affinity for all things French – he has resided there, woos the crowds fluently en Français and boasts French companies in his stable of sponsors – Medvedev knows a little ground work won’t go astray ahead of his quarter-final showdown.
“I hope people who are watching on TV will think ‘Oh, he speaks French, he's nice, we will support him’,” Medvedev told Fabrice Santoro in his on-court interview.
As chants of “Daniil! Daniil! Daniil!” rang out, he acknowledged with a rallying cry.
“Mardi, s’il vous plait” – Tuesday, please.