Marat Safin criticized the younger players' level. In an interview to Sport Klub during the French Open, the former world no. 1 said: 'Look at the level of tennis, it’s not growing. Everyone plays the same, mediocre tennis.
We need someone new like (Alexander) Zverev maybe. But that’s why I see (Rafael) Nadal and (Roger) Federer playing until they’re 40, no one can threaten them.' Recalling his 2005 Australian Open semi-final win over Federer, Safin said: 'I’ve never watched highlights of this match.
It’s in the past, I don’t watch it.' In the same tournament, he had defeated a very young Novak Djokovic as well. 'I didn’t expect his career to be that good,' Safin admitted on the Serbian. 'But although he didn’t have any big shots at that time, he was solid, athletic, mentally strong.
And he was focused.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer reveals true feelings ahead of ATP Stuttgart