Coach Gilles Cervara confessed he had almost given up hope on any resurrection for client Daniil Medvedev. But the French mentor admitted that he may have misjudged the situation.
Medvedev kicked off a roll a month ago in Rotterdam after a fallow period dating back to the autumn. The current No. 6 won that title and added two more in 14 days in Doha and Dubai to head into the mid-week start of the Indian Wells Masters established as a title tip.
Cervara was not present last week in Dubai, where his player won the title over good friend Andrey Rublev in an efficient straight sets showing.
The French coach believes that the run of form could well last even in a season which began with a third-round loss at the Australian Open.
“Coming back from Australia, the two weeks of training we had were very difficult, I no longer had confidence,” Cervara told Tennis Majors.
“When you don’t win, you don’t feel good, you don’t feel anything, but you have to manage that. It’s the beauty of work, especially when it’s done from below, so for those two weeks we were in an uncertain space.
“Daniil has his beliefs, his way of analyzing and managing situations, we were not at our best and we had to deal with that ”.
But things have all changed for the better: “At the moment, Daniil is playing at a very high level, he defines it as something magical.
“But it is about the process of regaining confidence; at these levels confidence is something that must be built every day.
“When you finally reach that desired level, everything has a multiplier effect. That’s why I also think it can last a long time.”
But Cervara wanted the that the upcoming challenge is serious. “He has a lot of hope and expectation, although he has never really liked playing in the desert.
“The Indian Wells surface is very different; then there is the heat, the dryness, the balls, etc. (Humid) Miami is something else, there’s no reason why I can’t play well there.”
Main photo:- Daniil Medvedev and wife Daria with coach Gilles Cervara after winning Paris Masters 2020