Rolex Paris Masters: Frenchman Chardy Announces Medvedev, World No. 4

Jérémy Chardy's "fun challenge" turned into a triumph on Tuesday night at Central AccorHotels Arena. In front of a public in trance, the Palois managed to stop (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) the machine to win Daniil Medvedev, however impressive since the beginning of the summer and qualified by all its rivals of "best player of the world 'over the period.

"These are great times," says Chardy. It's a reward, a beautiful feeling. I tried to vary as much as possible otherwise he would eat me. And as the game progressed, I was more confident. I made the perfect match. "

In six tournaments, the Russian, ranked fourth in the world, had only lost three times. Two against Nadal and one against Kyrgios. And had not conceded any set in nine games since the fifth round of the final of the US Open in front of the Spaniard. This is the small feat achieved by the world No. 65, from qualifying and who had not beat any member of the Top 20 this season!

The Bearnais had the strongest nerves

At the end of the first run, it was even a damn -or oddly confident- to bet on the student Cédric Pioline. Freewheeling on his service games, Medvedev had been content with a break at 4-4 to fold the case. Before accusing a severe drop in power and losing the game completely in the second set. Busier about beating himself and his clan than trying to outflank Chardy.

Strong in forehand, focused, the Palois did not miss the opportunity to twice take the service of a Muscovite unrecognizable, a bit apathetic, spent less than an hour of invincible man to invisible. At the beginning of the last heat, the Béarnais had strong nerves. Saving three break points to 0-1, then four to 1-2, to the point of flying his opponent's racket, mad with rage. Another at 2-3, before making the decisive break on the next play of an attack with a forehand. "I took risks," says the Habs. If you do not try, you have no chance of winning … "

The most beautiful victory of Chardy's career remains a success on Federer in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Rome in 2014. That of 29 October 2019 should take pride of place in his personal pantheon. Next meeting Thursday against American Isner or Chilean Garin …

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