Top-ranked Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman received online abuse following his shock loss to unranked and inexperienced Belarusian Daniil Ostapenkov. Schwartzman, ranked at No. 15 in the world, suffered one of the most shocking losses in Davis Cup history when he lost to Ostapenkov over the weekend.
Ostapenkov, who is ranked at No. 63 on the juniors ranking list, claimed a 6-4 6-3 win over Schwartzman in Buenos Aires. “It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman told La Nacion of the loss to Ostapenkov.
“I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects [me] a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging [me], there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions. “I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina.
More or less, it affects [me]”.
Schwartzman blasted his performance
Schwartzman broke Ostapenkov three times in the first set but also dropped his service four times as Ostapenkov won the opener. After losing the first set, Schwartzman lost his serve in back-to-back games as Ostapenkov took a 4-0 lead.
Schwartzman got one break back but that was all as Ostapenkov served out for the match in the ninth game. "I have no excuses. I did everything wrong. I played way below my level. Did I know my opponent? No, I had no information about him," Schwartzman said after the loss.
"I could never find my way around the match. He played perfect. "His serve and forehand hurt me a lot. I also think it was one of the worst matches of my professional career." On the other side, Ostapenkov was surprised with his level against Schwartzman.
"I don't play like this on the Junior Tour. Today was different, a special match. I hope I can be at this level again in the next tournament," Ostapenkov said.