Daniil Medvedev lets slip how Rafael Nadal session went ahead of Alexander Zverev clash

daniil medvedev lets slip how rafael nadal session went ahead of alexander zverev clash

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev helped each other warm up for the French Open

Daniil Medvedev has revealed his relief at not having to face Rafael Nadal in the French Open draw after their practice match.

The Russian star warmed up with the tennis legend at Roland Garros on Thursday. Nadal is gearing up to bid farewell to his favourite major, a tournament he's dominated with a record 14 victories and only three match losses since his debut in 2005.

However, he faces a daunting challenge to progress past the first round after being drawn against world No.4 Alexander Zverev. The tantalising tie is possible because Nadal is unseeded - but Medvedev believes he's hitting form just when it matters.

Via the Express, he told reporters: "Honestly, he played well. We didn't play five sets, but he played well, better than in Rome or Madrid. We played a set and then some and he beat me.

"It will be interesting for me to see how he plays against Zverev because Rafa will always be Rafa. He has won here 14 times and until he plays here and maybe even if he is not the favourite, he can perfectly win."

Medevedev doesn't envy the task facing Zverev, who's aiming to improve on reaching the semi-final stage of the last three French Opens.

"It is a great event to play against Rafa at Roland Garros, but it is a tough draw in reality," he continued. "The first round will be tough against someone who has won 14 titles here.

"I would say that really if you face him in the third or fourth round now that he has no ranking, it seems normal that it is something that could happen. But it could be an interesting combination. I trained with Rafa yesterday and he played quite well.

"But training and playing a match is different. I'm going to be there watching the match and I'm not ashamed to say that I'm happy not to be the one playing with him in the first round."

Fifth seed Medvedev will face off against Dominik Koepfer for his opening match. The 2021 US Open victor has only ever made it as far as the quarter-finals in Paris.

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