Tennis legends Safin and Kafelnikov hail new Russian era
Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev (PA)
Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov consider the way forward for Russian tennis seems brilliant as children Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov proceed to push one another.
Russia presently has three ATP high 15 gamers, with Medvedev ranked No 5 on this planet, Rublev 14th and Khachanov one place under him.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Safin, who reached No 1 on this planet in 2000, says the truth that the trio are buddies away from the court docket has helped their rivalry.
“It is a wholesome competitors as a result of they’re nonetheless buddies,” he advised Tennis United.
“They exit for dinner collectively and they’re very good guys, which is sweet. And they’re able to be taught, which can also be good.”
Kafelnikov, who turned the primary Russian to high the ATP Rankings in 1999, defined why Russian tennis is in such a wholesome state in the mean time.
“Once I turned a top-10 participant, Marat was six years youthful than me and he wished to meet up with me. So we had wholesome competitors between one another and one was pushed by one other,” he mentioned.
“We have got three guys who’re within the high 20 and all three are competing with one another. That is the explanation why tennis in Russia could be very profitable in the mean time.”
– TEAMtalk media