The Russian men’s national team reaches the semifinals for the fifth team tournament in a row – a unique achievement that underlines the incredible power of Russian tennis. Even troubles with the line-up, namely the coronavirus with Rublev and Karatsevts, right before the start of the ATP Cup, did not break the team. “Joker” was Roman Safiullin, who won two singles and three doubles, along with Medvedev.
It is worth noting that Roman is an incredibly talented athlete, the best junior of his generation, who, due to injuries and other difficulties, takes a long time to master in the adult tour. The current competition could be a turning point in his career. Safiullin has a strong serve and a powerful forehand, he feels confident both on the back line and at the net.
The capabilities of Denis Shapovalov are known to everyone, but right now the Canadian is far from his best form. Recently he suffered a covid, played two meetings in Sydney a bit hard: he lost to Briton Evans in two sets, then barely beat German Struff. With such an opponent, Safiullin is definitely able to fight.