In a new interview with the UK’s Independent, former No. 1 Marat Safin touched on the state of men’s tennis. Specifically, he was surprised to see that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still on top, and that suggests the game isn’t that strong.
“If Federer and Nadal are still winning I think there’s something wrong,” Safin said. “I don’t see any upcoming superstars today.
“Players used to retire by the time they got to 30. At 32 you were a dinosaur. Now you see players who are still running at the age of 38. The upcoming young guys just aren’t at a high enough level. If you can still manage to run at the age of 38 and still be No 1 in the world, it means there must be something wrong with the other players.”
Safin went on.
“If you want to be a really good pro you need to be beating Nadal and Federer now,” Safin add. “Look at Murray and Djokovic. They were beating the top players when they were 19 or 20, but you just don’t see that from the younger players today.
“When I was growing up, players were winning ATP tournaments at 16, 17, 18,” Safin said. “Now players are only just starting to be pros at the age of 25. I don’t know why that is.”
The 37-year-old Safin had been part of the Russian parliament since retiring six years. Now out of politics, Safin is directing more time back to tennis and starting a new business venture. Safin is playing this weekend at a senior event at Royal Albert Hall.
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