Chardy Stuns Medvedev For Milestone Win In Paris
France's Jeremy Chardy pulled off one of the biggest upsets of his career – and of the 2019 season – on Tuesday, knocking out World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the Rolex Paris Masters.
The big-hitting Chardy broke during a 13-point seventh game in the third set and fought off nerves to serve out the win in front of a roaring partisan crowd.
"It's a beautiful victory," said Chardy. "When you play a match like this on the central court in France and you win it, it's a wonderful feeling. All the efforts that are deployed every day are aimed at achieving a goal like this one. It's great, and I'm going to enjoy it tonight."
Medvedev was riding a nine-match winning streak since losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final on 8 September, and the Cincinnati and Shanghai champion had won his past 11 matches at ATP Masters 1000 events. The Russian had reached also six consecutive finals dating back to the Citi Open in Washington.
But the 32-year-old Chardy saved 14 of 15 break points, including one as he served for the match, to reach the third round of his home Masters 1000 event for the first time. Chardy is making his 10th appearance.
"When you play players like that, that are of such a high level, you need to have a perfect game level," said Chardy. "And all my break points, I played them well, so it's frustrating when you're the opponent. This has happened to me the other way round, and it was great to be on the right side of the court this time.
"It's the last tournament of the year. I had been playing well for some tournaments now. I did great matches, but I also lost in thrilling matches, and it's wonderful to finish up like this."
He snapped a 10-match losing streak against members of the Top 10, which dated back to his win against No. 4 Dominic Thiem at the 2018 Miami Open presented by Itau. The Frenchman will next meet Chile's Cristian Garin or 2016 finalist John Isner of the U.S.