Russian world No. 338 Konstantin Kravchuk insists that fellow compatriot Daniil Medvedev is a good guy and that he is a bit misunderstood by the general public. Medvedev, who made nine finals in 2019 and achieved a career-high ranking of No.
4 in the world, has been labeled as a "bad boy" after having several negative moments on the court. "And I totally disagree that Medvedev is a bad boy on court. Just anybody doesn't know him well, doesn't know what a person he is and why he behaves this way," Kravchuk told Maria Nikulashkina of Sport-Express Russia.
The 23-year-old Russian fell just short of landing his maiden Grand Slam title last year as he was beaten by world No. Rafael Nadal in a five-set US Open final. "I suppose Medvedev is able to win a Grand Slam this year.
I think so because of what I saw. He is really good," Kravchuk claimed. While speaking of Medvedev, former world No. 78 Kravchuk also mentioned 16th-ranked Karen Khachanov and praised the 2018 Paris Masters champion. "Last two seasons haven't changed Khachanov and Medvedev much.
They are more mature now, but still the same nice and positive guys. They think only about how to improve and become stronger and better," Kravchuk said.