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'Daniil Medvedev has that little touch of madness and tennis needs him,' says Paris Masters chief

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Daniil Medvedev 'has a little touch of madness that makes him likeable,' says Paris Masters and French Open tournament director Guy Forget.

Medvedev won the Paris Masters last week, defeating Alexander Zverev in a high-quality final.

It was his third career Masters title but his first of the year, and Forget believes there was a worthy winner.

“We know [Medvedev’s] a whimsical boy, that’s what makes him charming,” Forget said.

“He has that little touch of madness that makes him likeable. We remember his spat with the New York public who helped him to transcend himself.

"It was reminiscent of a certain John McEnroe. Tennis needs players like that, a little different. We have a beautiful winner.”

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Medvedev himself admitted to having serious worries about his form before his excellent performance in Paris, but he now heads to the ATP Finals in London looking like one of the favourites.

“Before the tournament, I was not in my best form, playing not so bad with zero finals this year," Medvedev said.

“I was complaining to my wife like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t have the level. I don’t even have one final. I am playing so bad.’

“Finally, I am the winner of Bercy, a tournament that I love.”

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