With the brittle Marat Safin and the finished Yegeny Kafelnikov leading the way, Russia has virtually no chance to win the Davis Cup this year!
I don't care if they play the rest of their Ties at home! Going into Moscow to beat Safin, who crumbles under pressure, and Kafelnikov, who is done, won't be too tough a task for any country. I would love to see Russia finally win the Davis Cup. But it won't happen this year. That's almost 100% certain.
Russian players won't do anything in the French, Wimbledon or U.S. Open this year. That seems obvious. But they did appear to have a chance to finally win the Davis Cup. But you can forget it now that Safin has proven he is unprofessional and can't hold up under tough conditions, and Kafelnikov has proven he is finished. Remember, Stefan Edberg was done at 28, too.
And it doesn't help that Mikhail Youzhny's game has regressed in the past year. That has been a dissapointing surprise.
Another Russian World Team Cup final debacle is no surprise! Safin retires and Kafelnikov should retire. Not Sampras. I never thought I'd see the day where Russia's greatest tennis player would become a complete embarrassment!
But Yevgeny has. I've never seen a top player such as Kafelnikov be humiliated time after time. Unfortunately I think the Y-Man is tainting his outstanding legacy. I think Kafelnikov should play only Davis Cup doubles. He obviously is shot where singles are concerned. Maybe putting pressure on Youzhny to play Davis Cup singles will shake him out of his slumber.
Unfortunately Russian tennis fans, we can't count on Safin to be healthy or professional. He needs a real coach, not this Amit guy, who is his friend. And we can't count on Kafelnikov to do anything. The only thing we can count on is Russia doing well in the Connolly Continental Cup!
And that's not enough for me! I want more! But I'm not going to count on it. Nor should you!