Mikhail Youzhy likes to drive "Mercedes".
The winner of Davis Cup - 2002 Mikhail Youzhy could occupy top-10 if only not his injuries. His present problem is the consequences of an anguish in a knee joint in a place of fastening the four-chapter muscle to a bone. In the interview Mikhail has told how he is now.
- Mikhail, how's your leg?
- Doctors tell that everything is all right, but I still have painful feelings. I get used to trust doctors and they assure me that as soon as the muscle will return its former elasticity, everything will be right. Now it is necessary to suffer, but I haven't another way.
- But the muscle is not elastic yet, so that's possible for injury to come back?
- Yes, it is possible. Therefore I try to avoid hard work, or I'll have to restore my leg not for one month.
- Perhaps, everything is because the busy schedule of players-professionals?
- I'd not say so. Generally you can create your own schedule for to not be absolutely exhausted.
- In Dubai you had a match with Federer. It is hard to play with the tennisplayer of such class?
- Certainly. But in Emirates he wasn't in the best form. However, he won the tournament. But I can tell, that I could beat that Federer but I have to play my the best tennis. Although when he's in his best form I have no chances.
- Is he actually the strongest tennis player of the world?
- The last year he was much more better than all the other tennis players. This year he plays to a little bit other game, and have some problems. In general, he's, certainly, the strongest, but I shall be really surprised, if for a season he will lose for only 5-7 matches.
- You said, that you can beat not good-formed Federer playing your best tennis. Can you call the match where you played your best tennis?
- To tell the truth, no. My game constantly improves, therefore, all's ahead.
- And what about the final of Davis Cup - 2002, the match against Mathieu?
- Well, then I played far from being in the best tennis because the main thing was just to win. Already all emotions connected to that victory, have died.
- Many tennis players have a dream – to become the number one in the world. But the actual aimes for many players are another. Can you call your one?
- Actually, I can tell my main task – to improve constantly some components of the game. For example, the serve. You know, there's no limit fir perfection. Well, I also have one aim... but it's a secret. In the future, of course, I'd like to rise and rise my ranking.
- Can you call the names of 5 best tennis players right now?
- I can call the three – Federer, Safin and Hewitt. Also I can add Roddick when he plays in USA or has no problems with his serve. And Coria playing on clay.
- How do you think, if Marat Safin has chances to have a success on the tournaments of "The Big helmet" this year?
- Certainly! I think, at least one more tournament Marat will win.
- Do you watch the matches of our girls? Is it possible to Masha Sharapova to become the first in the world?
- To tell the truth, not especially, I check the results only. Scharapova wins now many matches. Why can't she rise to the top?
- Can you call yourself the rich person?
- Hm… I'd say, I'm endowed. I can allow myself different whims.
- And do you have them?
- Sure! For example, I love very much "Mercedeses". I have bought one to myself from the ML series (ML350, a special series, the price is 59900 euros – the comment of RBC) to realise my dream. Actually, there're a lot of whims, about all I can't tell because even the whole magazine will be not enough (laughs).