“I just wanted to be, like, more offensive, more aggressive, and improve my game as fast as possible,” said the 19-year-old Canadian.
“I think I just understood that there is a process, and it's still a long year, very long year, and I just need to calm myself down, calm my mind down, and just accept that things are going to be tough.
"Things are going to go sideways in a match, in a practice, and just understand that I got more tools in my toolbox that I can use and just find solutions.”
Gauff, at 18, is through to the last eight for the second year in a row, a testament to how comfortable she feels at Roland-Garros.
Like Fernandez, she’s learning on the job. “I definitely feel confident on the court, I feel like it really suits my game,” the American said.
“I feel like the previous tournaments this clay season I had some good wins but it wasn't really any outstanding results.
“I feel like it gave me a lot to learn from, and I think I'm taking those tough matches that I lost this season and really learning from them and I guess showing that I'm doing better.”