French Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are completely satisfied to see tennis’ ‘Large Three’ in reverse half of the draw

Stefanos Tsitsipas and world No 2 Daniil Medvedev will fancy their probabilities of reaching this yr’s French Open closing with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer within the reverse half of the draw

Final Up to date: 30/05/21 11:25am

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev might be favourites to progress via the underside half of the French Open draw

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are completely satisfied to see tennis ‘Large Three’ within the reverse half of the draw for this yr’s French Open as they bid for a maiden Grand Slam title.

Greek star Tsitsipas and Medvedev are each within the backside half of the draw at Roland Garros, as are US Open champion and two-time former French Open finalist Dominic Thiem and US Open finalist Alexander Zverev.

Thiem is the person with the clay-court pedigree however the Austrian has been struggling for type this season and took a six-week break in March and April to step away from the calls for of the tour and bubble life.

Dominic Thiem was content with his performances in Madrid and Rome but suffered a dispiriting loss to Britain's Cam Norrie in Lyon last week

Dominic Thiem was content material together with his performances in Madrid and Rome however suffered a dispiriting loss to Britain’s Cam Norrie in Lyon final week

Thiem’s inconsistency may open the best way for Tsitsipas, who has already received 33 matches this yr to place him prime of the annual standings, amassing a primary Masters title in Monte Carlo and one other trophy in Lyon final week.

The 22-year-old has suffered agonising losses to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and Novak Djokovic in Rome, whereas he defeated the Spaniard from two units down to succeed in a second successive Grand Slam semi-final on the Australian Open in February.

“Consistency has been all the time on the prime of my priorities as a participant, and it has been troublesome to seek out that sort of secret recipe the place you get all of the consistency and you’ll play persistently week by week,” mentioned Tsitsipas.

“However I feel it is one thing you construct up with confidence, with expertise, and ultimately you simply discover the sample. You discover the best way it really works for you.

“I am fairly proud of the best way I am progressing, the best way I am producing factors, the best way I will face the blokes on the prime of the rankings. And up to now I am on the prime of the race to Turin. It feels nice to be there and I want for lots extra to come back.”

Tsitsipas mentioned his purpose is to be the shock of the match however it might not be a shock in any respect if he reached a primary Grand Slam closing, particularly given Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer are all within the reverse half of the draw.

“Lastly, for as soon as,” mentioned the Greek with a smile.

Medvedev’s elevation above Nadal to world No 2 means he’s seeded forward of the 13-time champion regardless of by no means having received a match at Roland Garros.

The Russian, who reached his second Slam closing in Melbourne, has made no secret of his dislike of clay however up to now has discovered circumstances in Paris to his liking.

“If they’d have some particular guidelines, for positive I might be seeded much less excessive, however, if we take the rankings, I am quantity two so I’ve to be seeded quantity two,” mentioned Medvedev, who has a crowd-pleasing first-round draw in opposition to the unpredictable Alexander Bublik.

“It helps me. Even when we do not discuss me making it to the semis but, I really feel actually nice with the circumstances right here and I really feel like I can play (like I do) on onerous courts, and that is an important factor.”

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