Daniil Medvedev gave himself a big pat on the back after winning at Roland Garros for the first time, saying: ‘I played magnificent!’
The Russian is the second seed for the tournament, but arrived in Paris without a single French Open win to his name.
However, that monkey is now off his back, with him besting Alexander Bublik to ease to a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 win.
Perhaps even more important than the result itself, though, was that Medvedev looked dominant throughout the contest.
“I trained really well before the tournament,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview after the match.
“I’ve never won at Roland Garros before. I was really happy and really determined to win on Philippe Chatrier today.
“Even when I was down in the third set, I think I played a really solid match, magnificent even!
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“After hitting five balls here at Roland Garros I felt that I could play here like I do on hardcourts.
“I’m a cow on ice moving on clay. We have that expression in Russia.”
Tommy Paul or Christopher O’Connell now await Medvedev in round two.
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