Korolev was more interested in talking about ice hockey and making plans to see his “best friend” Sergei Federov when he comes to the region to play the Mighty Ducks next week. (Work out the degrees of separation: Anna Kournikova used to go out with Federov. Anna K. is Korolev’s cousin.)
But before he left to play soccer with Safin and a few other Russians, he did look back on the incident that's increasingly looking the beginning of the end for round robin.
It was a night he’ll never forget, said Korolev – dealing with the round-robin fiasco, and also learning that he’d become an uncle for the first time. In fact, he’s now half-hoping he won’t be selected for the next Russian Davis Cup tie so he has time to go see his nephew after Miami.