In an interview to Sport Express the former top ten player Mikhail Youzhny commented on his compatriot Daniil Medvedev's success following his St. Petersburg title. Youzhny said: "His results speak itself. Fifth week - fourth final in a row.
He already started competing with the Big Three: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He is probably the only one out of the next generation that got closer to them so much. There was also Sasha Zverev, who won ATP Finals and Masters 1000s beating those guys.
Yeah, it was not a Grand Slam final but he became world No. 3. And now he dropped a bit. But if you look at Daniil, it seems he is much above. Although we do not know what will happen in six months. But his winning streak can give him confidence.
As long as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will keep playing at their best, the younger guys will get better." On Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, Youzhny added: "It's so difficult to tell. You have to be closer to the guys to understand what's going on.
Karen has a difficult year. He played very well the end of the last season but he started bad this one. He had a kid which means to have positive emotions but it also makes you being less focused. He needs time in order to get used to it." Youzhny has been working with the Canadian Denis Shapovalov for some months.