Former world tennis player, number one, Rus Marat Safin, also resides in Roland Garros.
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With the Russian tennis player, who was here in Paris 17 years ago, we had the opportunity to talk with friends with the legend of tennis.
Safin, like many others, is convinced that the best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, has a great chance of reaching Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles in due course.
Asked how he saw the end and who could win, he was clear.
"It is known that Rafa and Novak are most concerned about the title. Also, I believe that Novak can reach Federer with numerous big titles. I'm sure, really. There are many years ahead of him. How much is he, 32? Of course, everything will depend on his health, but if he continues to play like this, he can easily play until the age of 40"Says Safin.
Safin also said that he does not care how to be in the world of tennis when the members of the big troika retreated.
"The future is bright. We have Zvereva, Khachanov, Medvedev, Chipitsa, it will be a very interesting time when Roger, Rafa and Novak will retreat. There will be new players, it will be quite another story"said Marat.
Safin says he does not have to worry who will inherit him when it comes to tennis players from his country. Some have already been confirmed.
"I do not know, I do not think so of my successor. Khachanov is good, Medvedev also is sure that Andrej Rublev will be the right one in two years. So far I do not care, Russian tennis is now very good. "
For Djokovic and Nadal, who are by far the biggest favorites for the trophy, they say they have not yet said everything they have.
"I am convinced that Djokovic and Nadal will be at the top for a few more years, as is the case with Roger Federer now. I think everyone's playing very well, and it seems to me that at the moment they are untouchable"added Safin.
Marat is one of the players who is part of the big Russian waves that watched the tennis world twenty years ago. Then began an "invasion from the east," and many good players, not only from Russia, but also in the eastern part of Europe and the Balkans, entered the big stage. Marat knows why everyone has succeeded.
"I think we are so successful because we are hungry for success. The Western world is like this, everyone here has a lot of money, so children do not have the motivation to fight and play. We are always fighting with the money in the east, so we are particularly motivated by this side. So we are always poorer, for us the big tournament is always an opportunity. You understand me, right? With the French, the Americans, it's always a different story. We always have opportunities for tennis to escape from trouble. Therefore, we are more motivated by the French, Italians and others from the West"Safin concluded.