World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev isn't lacking confidence at this year's French Open as he insists his opponent has to play really well in order to beat him. Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, cruised past Cristian Garin 6-2 6-1 7-5 to reach the French Open quarterfinal.
“To beat me the opponent needs to play good. First two sets, he didn't play good, so it was in my favour. Third set he started playing better, he could win it. [It] was a tight set, tight encounter,” Medvedev said.
“Straight from the beginning of the match I could almost return every ball in the court. “Cristian's serve is not unbelievable. It's quite good, but it's not unbelievable. It makes a differenceI could have easy p.
oints on the serve, he couldn't. It's tough to play like this”. At the Madrid Masters, Medvedev was beaten by Garin. “In Madrid, even if I was not playing bad, I felt that any shot could go somewhere where I didn’t want.
You can make mistakes. I had only one break point in the first game on his serve, and that was my only break point in the match,” Medvedev said. “I was missing the returns because I didn't feel confident in my shots and in my game”.
Medvedev arrived to this year's Roland Garros without a previous win at the tournament. "I was 0-4 here in Roland Garros, I was losing in Madrid, Rome, I lost Hamburg. I lost Roland Garros last year. I was on a big streak of not so many won matches on clay, so it was true.
I said it before the week, that I was feeling really good, I was looking forward to make [a] great result," Medvedev said before cracking a laugh. "You should trust me."
Medvedev plays next Stefanos Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas, ranked at No.
5 in the world, beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 7-5 to set up a Medvedev clash. "My performance was good. I was very mentally there in every single game," Tsitsipas said. "Whether I was serving or not, I wasvery concentrated in the procedure, in the process.
"I think every single match that I had against him was a learning experience. I had high expectations for him, and that's a good thing, going into the match having high expectations [for] your opponent. think I also had a great start, very good start, where I didn't let him attack a lot. I actually gave him not that much space to get going."