"I'm not sure Marat is serene about playing against Richard," France captain Guy Forget told reporters after Safin was drawn to play 19-year-old Gasquet in Friday's first singles rubber.
"I don't know why I would not be serene," Safin replied.
"I've beaten him twice already. He is the one to be nervous, I'm not. And I'm more experienced than he is," the 2005 Australian Open champion added.
Gasquet in his audio interview also said that Safin will have the pressure.
"You will have the pressure!"
"No, I won't! But you will!"