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Medvedev’s ‘impossible’ Indian Wells theory proven wrong by title run


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It’s a stark contrast to his mentality going into Rotterdam, where the 27-year-old had “nothing” after a third-round exit at the Australian Open before going on to win the title there – the first of his three in a row. “I remember a training session with Felix Auger-Aliassime two days before, we are on the centre court. And what is happening is unreal. He’s looking for all the reasons why he can’t win. And I’m just standing there, as if I’m on ice, I’m deliberately not answering. I know he’s challenging me,” Cervara said of Medvedev’s pre-Rotterdam preparations.

“And with me, things go up, my sensations go up so that I can give him, at the right moment, levers on which he can hang on. Because I know him, I feel that it’s getting inside him. I know that he will end up doing something with it. He has this amazing ability.” But Medvedev’s coach also explained that everything changed when he got on a winning streak that boosted his self belief and was now coping it could extend into Indian Wells.

“Once it’s in, once it’s on, everything that happens behind it, all the victories, it’s him, it’s just him. That’s where it starts and then it goes up in flames. Right now it’s a meteorite, it’s catching fire and it’s continuing its trajectory by being ignited,” he explained. “The question becomes: how long will it last? We have to make sure it lasts as long as possible and that it can continue there, in the Masters 1000.”

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