Top-ranked Argentine Diego Schwartzman thinks world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev is a "great player" but as a person he needs "to change a lot." Schwartzman, ranked at No. 13 in the world, fell just short to rising Russian star Medvedev at the ATP Cup on Thursday.
Medvedev, who made nine finals in 2019, beat Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 6-3 to give Russia the win in their ATP Cup quarterfinal tie against Argentina. The Russian claimed the first break of the third set in the eighth game, before successfully serving out for the match a game later.
"I told Medvedev at the net that he is a great player, but as a person needs to change a lot. He is very disrespectful on court and does things that he doesn’t need to do," Schwartzman told ESPN, as revealed by Jose Morgado on Twitter.
Medvedev, 23, owns a dominant head-to-head record over 27-year-old Schwartzman as he now has three wins and zero losses against the Argentine. Medvedev will have a tough task of remaining unbeaten at the ATP Cup when he meets Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Saturday.