World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev revealed Marat Safin, Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny were the Russian players that inspired him while growing up.
Also, Medvedev regrets that he never got a chance to see Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
“Unfortunately I didn’t see [Yevgeny] Kafelnikov play, I was too young and not that interested in tennis yet. I grew up watching mostly Marat [Safin] and Nikolay Davydenko and a little bit [Mikhail] Youzhny when I started playing juniors. They were the three biggest names I enjoyed watching and I enjoyed cheering for them in front of my TV,” Medvedev told the ATP Cup.
Medvedev on what he loves about Russia
During his interview with the ATP Cup, Medvedev was asked about the three things he loves about Russia.
“That is dangerous because I can’t say everything. I am really like the level of Russian food, but I am not talking about Russian cuisine itself, but about the food in general, I find it a really high level. Secondly, I really like Moscow; I am from there and really like the city. I enjoy coming back as much as I can if it doesn’t disrupt my tennis. Let’s go with the nightlife for the third one,” Medvedev said.
Also, Medvedev recalled his first tennis club in Moscow.
“There is a swimming pool in Moscow, which is quite famous and, almost like on top of the swimming pool, there was one court, carpet, and that is where I practised for the first four years from six until 10. A lot of good memories from there. Sometimes 12 guys on the same court and a lot of fun. Until I was 17, Russia has a strong winter with a lot of rain in autumn and spring and we were practising on taraflex. That is probably the fastest surface you can imagine, faster than carpet,” Medvedev recalled.
Medvedev led Russia to the ATP Cup title last year but defending the title won’t be easy since the Russians are lacking Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev and Karen Khachanov.