“So, her improvement, I think it's more confidence than anything else. Most players with inferior games, but with confidence, you can make anything happen.”
Now that is quite the endorsement.
Barty was unaware of Laver's tweet until seeing it ping up on her phone in the locker room.
“He’s an incredible person. It was pure luck that our cars arrived at the same time,” said the world No.8, referring to their snap together. “But he's an amazing champion. It's really nice to be able to play in front of him. A very, very special guy.”
Next up Barty tackles the artillery of 2018 Roland-Garros semi-finalist Madison Keys, who Barty defeated 6-4, 6-1 in Fed Cup action back in February.
However, American 14th seed Keys is also embracing her renewed clay success, hoping to repeat an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 victory over Barty at Roland-Garros 2017.
“I played her here at Roland-Garros a few years ago in a match I would love to forget. I think it's very much a fresh, clean slate from this match, at Fed Cup that we had as well,” analysed Barty, aware of the hype and hopes intensifying back home.
“I think obviously there's a little bit more talk around and a little bit more attention. But for me, nothing changes.
“She's obviously had really good success here in the past. I think it's an amazing opportunity for me to go out there and try and play my brand of tennis again, and take it to her as much as I can.”