“The first two sets were complicated, especially in return of service. But you hung on, before making the switch?
It is true that I had a lot of trouble returning his serve, and especially to read it. I feel like he was throwing his ball in variation a lot and I had no way to read it. He was hitting the zones well, it was going pretty fast. But I hung on, I did what I could. I took the second and then it went down a little on the serve and I was immediately present on the return. And that allowed me to run the game.
“Winning the second set allowed me to relax a bit, play and return a little better”
At a set everywhere, you are more committed and also lower him a little physically, right?
I didn’t have a very good service match, I don’t really know why. But it was still consistent and Quentin is a good raiser. It’s also probably because of that that I didn’t have a big service match. Winning the second set allowed me to relax a little, to play a little better, to serve a little better, to return a little better. And physically, I felt superior to him, even though it was very hot and quite humid.
In the next round, you will face Daniil Medvedev, the world No. 1. How do you approach this meeting?
It is a great pleasure. Daniil is a great guy, Gilles (Cervara) is a great guy and a great coach. Seb (Villette, his coach) often takes his example. These are guys that we like, who are very natural, very respectful. We really like these people and it’s a great pleasure to play against him. I will try to give everything and see if there is not a micro place.