Russia’s Dinara Safin absolutely loves when fellow compatriot Karen” khachanov> gets compared to Marat Safin as she hopes the world No. 9 will have as successful career as her brother had. Many believe that Khachanov — who is a four-time ATP champion and former world No.
8 — could achieve some of the biggest accolades in tennis as he has shown willingness to put in the hard work and fully commit to the game. The 23-year-old proved capable of delivering on the biggest stage at the end of the last season when he stunned 16-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final to lift the biggest title of his career.
39-year-old Safin — who was one of the most talented players of his generation — captured two Grand Slam titles, led Russia to two Davis Cup titles and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 1 in the world. “I like it when people call Karen Khachanov the second Safin.
I really love Karen and Andrey Rublev as well. I always support them, cheer for them, I’m happy when they win. I would like Karen to have as succesfull career as my brother had,” Safina told Maria Nikulashkina of Sport-Express Russia. “It will be good if he (Khachanov) can win two Grand Slams or maybe even more.”