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Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Russia: one of this year's strongest contenders... and stars of the future

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Russia features a young and talented team that ranks as one of the top candidates not only for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in 2019 but also in the future.

Karen Khachanov (23), Daniil Medvedev (23) and Andrey Rublev (21) are the backbone of the Russian team, led by the long-serving Tamil Sharpischev, who first assumed the captaincy more than four decades ago (1974).

Under Tarpischev's leadership, in their 27 World Group appearances Russia has lifted the Davis Cup trophy twice (2002 and 2006), and finished runners-up three times (1994, 1995 and 2007). They competed for the first time in 1962; until 1991, Russia competed under the flag of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and in 1992, as CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

They arrive in Madrid after securing their place in the February qualification. Two points won by Karen Khachanov and one more gained by Daniil Medvedev gave the Russian team the victory in Biel against Switzerland (3-1). In the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals they are going to have to work hard in the so-called 'group of death', along with the reigning champions  Croatia, and the hosts Spain.

The young Russian team aims to follow the footsteps of its best Davis Cup tennis player, Alex Metreveli, who has all the records: in victories (80), individual triumphs (56), best doubles together with Sergei Likhachev (24-11), play-offs (38) and years in the competition (14). Tarpischev too will be hoping to further increase his spectacular record of 59 victories as captain.

 Khachanov, Medvedev, Rublev and the rest of the Russian team hope their fans will answer their call and support them in the Caja Mágica.




 In November, join the Russian team at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals! Get your tickets here

© Siggi Bucher