Karen Khachanov, the former world No. 8 who led Russia to the Davis Cup semifinals in 2019, is adjusting to his new role on the team and may only be utilized for doubles rubbers. "Time flies," Khachanov said, “Two years have already passed but of course the memories are always great and they stay with you forever when you represent your country. We are a team so, at the end of the day, whoever feels ready will play. It’s a long competition from the Group Stage until the final with a lot of matches which take a lot of energy. So we will see day by day how everyone feels. I am ready to be involved”.
Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Aslan Karatsev will also represent Russia. Russia has one of the best teams in the world and will be a serious contender in the Davis Cup Finals.
“There are lots of strong teams - Serbia with Novak (Djokovic), Spain of course in our Group, Italy even without Matteo Berrettini, and USA. But we believe in ourselves," Khachanov said. “I have known Daniil and Andrey from the junior times. We have been part of the same teams since a young age, we push each other, we are best friends you can say. Aslan is a bit older but we know him and Evgeny (Donskoy) is like an older brother to all of us. He’s a very nice guy”.
Russia won this year's Billie Jean King Cup and Khachanov was happy about their success. “I followed the girls very closely," Khachanov added. “They did a great job. We are very happy and proud of them and I congratulated everyone personally. Now it’s our turn”.