In an interview to B92, the former two-time Major winner Marat Safin commented on how men's tennis will be after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic end their careers. "The future is bright. We have Zverev, Khachanov, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, it will be very interesting times when Roger, Rafa and Novak will retire.
There will also be new players, it will be a totally different story. I am sure Andrey Rublev will be great in two years. I am not worried for the future of he Russian tennis," said Safin. "I think Djokovic and Nadal will be at the top for some more years, like Roger Federer now.
They are untouchable." Asked about the success of people coming from eastern Europe, Safin added: "I think it's because we are hungry. Western Europe is this way, everyone has a lot of money and so kids do not have the motivation to fight and play.
We are more poor and for us playing a big event is always an opportunity. With Frenchmen, Americans, it's always a different story. We always have the opportunity." On Federer, Safin concluded: "He was lucky not to get injured too much.
All the guys of our generation had issues. Kuerten and Nalbandian on their hip. Me, it was the knee. Andy Roddick, I do not know. When you are seriously injured, you think too much, you start losing matches." Henri Leconte said: "Roger is in another league.
He loves so much to be here, and playing the Legends Trophy with him would be magical. But if that happens, I would stop straight forward. If here you hope to play as well as Roger and Rafa do, you can put your racket in the bag. We are here to make the crowd enjoy."