A Rafa-shaped hole
One notable first for Medvedev is preparing at Porte d'Auteuil in the absence of the man who has twice denied him in a major final, 14-time champion Rafael Nadal.
“Tennis has a short memory, because you focus so much on yourself and on your tournament that you honestly don't care who is there in the locker-room or not,” he said.
“Right now, everyone is crazy about their first rounds, when are we playing, against who, what time. But the tournament is for sure gonna feel different, you know.
“Every two days before you could watch Rafa play on TV because they would show him, for sure. He would play on centre court. This year it's not gonna be the same.
“Without him there might be a new winner, who knows? With him it was a little – or a lot less chances for this. So it's definitely different.”