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Cervara On Medvedev’s Win Over Alcaraz, Deep Return Place & Going through Djokovic | ATP Tour

Gilles Cervara opened a bite-sized chocolate throughout the US Open semi-final between his cost, Daniil Medvedev, and defending champion Carlos Alcaraz. The within of the sweet wrapper learn “Right now is your day”.

That proved prophetic as 2021 titlist Medvedev ousted the highest seed in 4 units to achieve his third US Open last.

“There is step one to start with of the match, like two years in the past in opposition to Novak [Djokovic] within the last. I used to be questioning immediately if he may resist Carlos,” Cervara instructed ATPTour.com after Medvedev’s win. “Straightaway I felt that it was that sort of day, that sort of match the place you can do it. I’ve seen all the primary set, the tie-break, then the second set.

“After I used to be a bit anxious within the third set, when Carlos performed wonderful. He had wonderful moments. However within the first a part of the match, I assumed that was considered one of today the place he may do it.”

Medvedev defined after his victory that he felt he had reached a 12 out of 10 together with his efficiency in opposition to the Spaniard. “To beat him, you want to be higher than your self and I managed to do it,” he stated. Cervara agreed.

“I respect gamers. They’re pondering quite a bit with the technique, they should do it,” Cervara stated. “However me as an individual and as a coach, and likewise as a sportsman, I actually imagine that it’s a must to discover one thing extra inside your self to make your recreation and your technique environment friendly. So, after all, I needed to speak [to Daniil] about this invisible half.”

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One of many speaking factors amongst followers and consultants main into the match was what Medvedev would do to reverse what occurred within the pair’s two Lexus ATP Head2Head matches earlier this season. In these clashes, Alcaraz gained all 5 units with out dropping greater than three video games in any of them.

Medvedev has turn into identified for his ultra-deep return place. Would the World No. 3 change that technique?

He didn’t and though Alcaraz took benefit by successful 54 of his 70 internet factors within the match (77%), Medvedev maintained a excessive stage all through to triumph.

“Initially, I wish to say that he is capable of change his return place. However he would do it if he actually feels that he can not win like this,” Cervara stated. “That is the principle factor. And so, it is powerful to be in folks’s brains or to know what they really feel. And I feel that folks do not perceive what he feels, what he sees, what he believes.

“That’s even when from our perspective it appears loopy to be the place he’s standing. For him, he has a very completely different perspective, completely different imaginative and prescient of the court docket, of his motion. That is all.”

Cervara remembers a selected second throughout his first 12 months as Medvedev’s coach. The Frenchman created an train to work on his participant’s return in an effort to make his place decrease and nearer to the baseline.

“He stated to me one factor. ‘But when I do that, I do not really feel that I can push,’” Cervara recalled. “And when he stated this, I used to be like, ‘Okay, I perceive that.’ I’ve to maintain his feeling. As a result of if I do not do it, I will destroy him.”

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It was vital for Medvedev to really feel he had the flexibility to push together with his legs into the return.

“After which additionally as a result of he feels that like this, he can put the ball again. Operating after his return is vital for him to construct his recreation additionally,” Cervara stated. “So yeah, it is a psychological and neuronal configuration within the mind. It is working.”

As thrilling as Medvedev’s efficiency in opposition to Alcaraz was, he’s not holding the trophy but. He must beat 23-time main winner Novak Djokovic within the last to earn it. Two years in the past, Medvedev halted the Serbian’s pursuit of historical past within the US Open last. Djokovic was attempting to turn into the primary man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all 4 majors in the identical 12 months.

What does Cervara bear in mind most from that championship conflict?

“I feel proper now the very first thing might be the final recreation, how powerful the final recreation was for me. And the second he gained the title,” Cervara stated.

The Frenchman defined that the challenges of going through Alcaraz and Djokovic are completely different.

“They’re completely different folks, completely different gamers. So all the things might be completely different,” Cervara stated. “We’re going to speak about this after all.”

Djokovic leads Medvedev 9-5 of their Lexus ATP Head2Head, however Medvedev gained their most up-to-date conflict on this 12 months’s Dubai semi-finals. That is still the Serbian’s lone hard-court lack of the season (26-1).

“I feel we’re going to speak about many matches for positive as a result of we’ve to be prepared for various issues,” Cervara stated. “In two days it is going to be once more a troublesome one, and such an vital one.”



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