The Russian lost on Tuesday to Frenchman Jérémy Chardy, 65th in qualifying, in three sets (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) in the second round.
The Russian machine ended up jamming. World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev, who was out of six consecutive finals, derailed as soon as he entered the Masters 1000 at Paris-Bercy on Tuesday (October 29th).
Medvedev, who had reached the final of the last six tournaments he had played, from Washington to Shanghai, via Montreal, Cincinnati, the US Open and St. Petersburg (3 wins and 3 losses), lost to to the French Jeremy Chardy, 65e World and qualifying, in three sets (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) in the second round.
"I was angry for ten, fifteen minutes, but that's life, cowardly Medvedev. I had a lot of opportunities, it's a shame. But the difference was that he was able to quickly seize the opportunities that arose. "
However, Medvedev (23 years old) first gave an impression of serenity in any event during the first set. Impeccable service, uncompromising on his faceoffs. But the game was then seized, with two breaks blow on blow in the second set. Then, the start of the third, with eight breakaway bullets flying in Chardy's first three service games, put his nerves to the test. A racket throw was not enough to get him back on track.
And it is finally the French who break to lead 4-3. A last chance, to pick up at 5-5 while Chardy served for the win of the match, did not smile either to Medvedev. The statistic is irrevocable: out of fifteen earned break points, he only converted one. Paris certainly did not succeed him: in the spring, he had also lost the ball at Roland-Garros (against Herbert).
Wednesday will see Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal resume their duel to determine which of the two players will finish the year at the top of the world tennis.