The former world No. 1 Marat Safin was asked if he saw any similarities between him and his compatriot Daniil Medvedev. Safin, who retired from the professional tour in 2009, replied: “No I don’t think so, I think we are a lot opposite to each other but, well, I think he is calmer and he has better chances to achieve more goals that I did because he’s calmer."
Asked what the 23-year-old should improve on looking to the future, Safin replied: “Well, he needs to grow up, he needs to have more experience to be able to beat Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer in the finals. Otherwise, it’s difficult.
It’s difficult to compete when they have a lack of experience because these matches are decided on just one or two shots." Medvedev will next play the Paris Masters after withdrawing from Moscow and Vienna because of tiredness.
Meanwhile, Karen Khachanov spoke about his loss to Andreas Seppi in the second round. "A really tough match," said Khachanov. "Maybe at the beginning I played a little better, forced him to make a little more mistakes.
I know how he usually plays. He plays like a wall - right, left ... Maybe under these conditions - slow balls and a slow court everything was better for him. It’s hard to say exactly why (I lost)... At some key points, I was losing, did not finish the game.
Seppi was leading with a break, right? I made a mistake ... I don’t know, there is no explanation for some things. Tennis is a mysterious kind of sport!"