Former world No. 8 Karen Khachanov led Russia to the semifinals at the 2019 Davis Cup Finals but now he is adjusting to his new role on the team and maybe being only used for doubles rubbers.
“Time goes fast”, Khachanov recalled, per the Davis Cup website. “Two years have already passed but of course the memories are always great and they stay with you forever when you represent your country.”
Khachanov, who was the highest-ranked Russian tennis player just a few years ago, is now the fourth-highest ranked Russian tennis player.
Russia will also be represented by Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev.
“We are a team so, at the end of the day, whoever feels ready will play. It’s a long competition from the Group Stage until the final with a lot of matches which take a lot of energy. So we will see day by day how everyone feels. I am ready to be involved.”
Khachanov confident in his team’s chances
Russia has one of the strongest teams and they will be among the favorites to win the Davis Cup Finals.
“There are lots of strong teams – Serbia with Novak (Djokovic), Spain of course in our Group, Italy even without Matteo Berrettini,
and USA. But we believe in ourselves,” Khachanov noted.
“I have known Daniil and Andrey from the junior times. We have been part of the same teams since a young age, we push each other, we are best friends you can say. Aslan is a bit older but we know him and Evgeny (Donskoy) is like an older brother to all of us. He’s a very nice guy.”
Russia won this year’s Billie Jean King Cup and Khachanov was happy about their success.
“I followed the girls very closely,” Khachanov. revealed. “They did a great job. We are very happy and proud of them and I congratulated everyone personally. Now it’s our turn.”