“Feel Home Here”: Daniil Medvedev on Playing Rolex Paris Masters 2021

Published 11/04/2021, 10:48 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 4, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates after winning his round of 16 match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Russian World No.2 Daniil Medvedev survived a scare against American Sebastian Korda in Rolex Paris Masters 2021. He won the match in the third set 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. Consequently, Medvedev kept his chances of stealing the World No.1 spot from Serbian Novak Djokovic alive. Later on, he also expressed his emotions playing in Bercy, Paris.

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Despite being a Russian, Medvedev has a stronger connection with France. Hence, he felt right in letting the fans know that he felt at home in front of them. Also, the 25-year-old explained in-depth why Paris is also home for him.

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Daniil Medvedev on playing at Rolex Paris Masters 2021

Undoubtedly, the defending champion in Paris enjoys playing at this tournament. However, the reason for feeling comfortable in Bercy for Medvedev is more than the last year’s triumph.

“I feel Russian, I can’t lie to you people. But my team is French, my sponsors are French, I practice here, I speak French, I live in Monaco. So yes, I feel at home here,” Medvedev said.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 8: Winner Daniil Medvedev of Russia between his wife Daria Medvedeva and his coach Gilles Cervara poses with the trophy following his victory over Alexander Zverev of Germany in the men’s final on day 7 of the Rolex Paris Masters, an ATP Masters 1000 tournament held behind closed doors at AccorHotels Arena formerly known as Paris Bercy on November 8, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Notably, Medvedev will be looking forward to making the most of it and defending his title. Indeed, it was the Paris title that uplifted the Russian’s momentum last year.

But unlike 2020, the Russian star has a lot at stake in the Rolex Paris Masters this year. That is, to feel his chances to become World No.1 alive, he has to win one more match than Novak Djokovic in Paris.

However, considering his form, it won’t be easy for anyone to stop Medvedev. Let’s see if he can go all the way in Bercy and widen his chances for the top spot in ATP Rankings.

Who will Medvedev play next in Rolex Paris Masters 2021?

As the second seed, Medvedev received an easier path to go deep into this tournament. Accordingly, he will take on the local boy Hugo Gaston to make it into the Paris semifinals.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 4, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his round of 16 match against Sebastian Korda of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

On the other side, Djokovic will once again meet Taylor Fritz to move one step closer to glory in Paris. Fascinatingly, the Serbian ace holds a record five Paris Masters titles to his name. Without any doubt, he would want to extend his record to six this year.

Most significantly, a title for Djokovic in Paris will confirm his spot as year-end World No.1, which will also be a historic achievement. Only time will tell whether Medvedev will cause another upset, or Djokovic will create history in Paris.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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