World number five Daniil Medvedev says he has no problem with his Paris Masters quarterfinal opponent Diego Schwartzman but admits the feeling might not be mutual.
The pair met earlier this year in the ATP Cup and had a heated exchange at the net after the first set which resulted in Medvedev receiving a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After the game Schwartzman revealed: “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 the court and does things that he doesn’t need to do.”
Daniil Medvedev set up the quarterfinal clash coming from a set down to beat Alex de Minaur, meanwhile Schwartzman dominated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-1.
The result of the match has significance to both players for different reasons.
If Medvedev wins, he will go above Roger Federer taking fourth place in the world rankings.
Schwartzman, meanwhile, needs a win to secure his place at his first ever ATP Finals in London.
When asked about the good-will between the two players, Medvedev responded: “Talking about ATP Cup, if you watch the match closely, second and third set I was sometimes applauding Diego for great shots.
“Of course, I understand why he was angry with me.
“If he has problems with me, I understand it, I will not fight against it. But again, I think the relationship is going better and better. But it’s better to ask Diego because I have no problems with him.”
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