Former world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov absolutely believes it's only a matter of time before a Russian tennis players wins against a Grand Slam title. Kafelnikov and Marat Safin both won Grand Slam titles but Russia hasn't had a Major winner since they retired from the game.
There is a good chance a Russian will win a Grand Slam at this year's Australian Open as world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev and world No. 8 Andrey Rublev are set to meet in the quarterfinal. Before Kafelnikov gave an interview to the ATP website, Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev was a quarterfinalist but now he is a semifinalist after beating Grigor Dimitrov.
“It was really expected that two of them got to where they are. The third one is a big surprise, but a very happy surprise. I’m very happy for Aslan, finally getting his breakthrough,” Kafelnikov told the ATP website.
“He’s going to play a lot of tournaments now without any pressure for the remainder of the 2021 season in terms of getting into the main draws and a big pay cheque will also be a huge boost for him. I’m really happy for him”.
Kafelnikov expects a Russian to win a Grand Slam
Russia has one semifinalist at this year's Australian Open and they will have a second after Medvedev and Rublev finish their match. “We all know that it’s inevitable that they’re going to win a Slam,” Kafelnikov said.
“It’s a question of when and where,” Kafelnikov said. Kafelnikov wouldn't be jealous of the success of Medvedev and Rublev. “To be honest, I would be happy if one of those guys or even both of them surpass me in terms of number of titles and weeks at No.
1 in the world,” Kafelnikov said of Medvedev and Rublev. “I’d be happy. I’m not going to be jealous about it. My career was very successful, and hopefully they will have even better [careers]”.