Russia's Andrey Rublev shows his respect for Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov



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Russia's Andrey Rublev shows his respect for Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Rising Russian star Andrey Rublev admits growing up he admired Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov and now he hopes he will fulfill his talent and help form the new Russian golden generation. Russia has one of the most talented young generation in the world as they have three players ranked inside the top-15 on the ATP rankings list.

Rublev, 22, is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 14 in the world, while 24-year-old Daniil Medvedev sits at No. 5 in the world and Karen Khachanov is ranked at No. 15. "At that time, tennis was huge in Russia. Everyone knew who Kafelnikov and Safin were.

The time was incredible. I hope that one day we can raise Russian tennis back to this level," Rublev told tennis MAGAZIN. Rublev made a perfect start to the season as he captured back-to-back titles at the Qatar Open in Doha before he made it all thae way at the Adelaide International the following week.

At Melbourne Park, the 22-year-old Russian made the round-of-16 before he his 11-match winning streak came to an end after a loss suffered against 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev. "Maybe I was lucky, but I'm very happy with my results," Rublev said of his streak from the beginning of the year.

“I still have a lot of potential for improvement. And I want to make full use of this." Rublev played two more tournaments before the Tour got suspended as he made back-to-back quarterfinals in Rotterdam and Dubai.