It’s been a slow burner but Daniil Medvedev’s love affair with Paris is finally starting to blossom.
The Russian second seed is known for waving crowds and had many clashes with Melbourne fans at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Medvedev also had his angry moments at the US Open and here at Roland Garros.
But the 26-year-old, who lives in France and spoke French in his post-match on-pitch talks, has become a crowd favourite, a de facto home player.
“I’m not talking about (the) Australian crowd, it was just this year,” Medvedev said after a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-3 second-round win over Serbian Laslo Djere.
“If not, I’m usually very happy to go to Australia and play there. Let’s see how it goes next year.
“Maybe again, I know I made mistakes too. It’s not like they just picked me and said ‘we’re going to be against him.
“With (the) French crowd too, it was sometimes ups and downs. I think the first three times I lost at Roland Garros were against French people, and it was tough. They certainly weren’t encouraging me.
“Playing against a Frenchman at Roland Garros is one of the most difficult things in tennis.
“You know, at first I didn’t like – not that I didn’t like playing in France – but I didn’t have good results. Now I manage to win at Bercy, Marseille, (reach the) quarters at Roland Garros, so I love playing in France.
“Sometimes it takes time to adapt.”
Medvedev will face another Serb, Miomir Kecmanovic, in the third round.