Marat Safin hails healthy competition between Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov
Former world No 1s Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov believe Russian tennis’ current success is down to Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov constantly pushing each other.
Russia currently has three ATP top 15 players as Medvedev is ranked No 5 in the world with Rublev 14th with Khachanov one place below him.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Safin, who reached No 1 in the world in 2000, says the fact that the trio are friends away from the court has helped their rivalries.
“It’s a healthy competition because they are still friends,” he told Tennis United.
“They go out for dinner together and they are very nice guys, which is good. And they are ready to learn, which is also good.”
Kafelnikov, who became the first Russian to top the ATP Rankings in 1999, explained why Russian tennis is in such a healthy state at the moment.
“When I became a top-10 player, Marat was six years younger than me and he wanted to catch up with me. So we had healthy competition between each other and one was driven by another,” he said.
“We’ve got three guys who are in the top 20 and all three are competing with each other. That’s the reason why tennis in Russia is very successful at the moment.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
WATCH: King Richard trailer starring Will Smith as Serena Williams says ‘this should be good’
Nearly time to grab the popcorn for King Richard.
Novak Djokovic closing in on gold at Tokyo Olympics as he admits his ‘level of tennis is getting better and better’
“Best performance of the tournament,” says Djokovic.
Marketa Vondrousova’s dream turns into a reality as she stuns Elina Svitolina to reach final at Olympics
Marketa Vondrousova assured of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘To have the medal for me is the greatest thing,’ says Belinda Bencic after reaching Olympic singles final
Already assured of one Olympic medal, Belinda Bencic gunning for a second.
‘Pressure is a privilege,’ says Novak Djokovic as he explains why the noise ‘won’t wear me down’
“Without pressure there is no professional sport,” says Novak Djokovic.
Fabio Fognini apologies for shouting homophobic slur during Olympics defeat, says ‘heat went to my head’
“I apologise for the nonsense that came out of me,” wrote Fabio Fognini.
Andy Murray’s emotional message as his Olympic dream dies – now what happens next?
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” wrote Andy Murray.
Paula Badosa leaves court in a wheelchair while Elena Svitolina headlines Olympic semi-final line-up
Final four confirmed for the Tokyo Games.
Olympic medallist insists Novak Djokovic is not under pressure to win gold at Tokyo Games
Novak Djokovic should not put pressure on himself to win at Tokyo Games.
Underarm serves and tweeners as Nick Kyrgios returns with a bang as he wins Atlanta opener
An entertaining return to action from Nick Kyrgios.