Ok - here is a basic translation of what is being said. Big
and thanks to Yana - who doesn't post here yet - but I wish she would
So, first of all, the interviewer asks him about the beard! He replies that since he strated the Blogs, people constantly compare him with Tolstoy
so he decided to grow a Tolstoy-type beard
He says he only arrived back in Russia yesterday (Friday), so he still feels tired and jet-lagged after the first game and practice session, but he realises that all his colleagues are in the same situation, and he hopes he'll be OK by the start of the DC tie next week.
They asked him about Youzhny hitting his head with the racquet in Miami, and he laughs and says something like Misha probably decided to become more popular than Davydenko, and the way to do that was to hit his own head and get some attention
The actual phrase he uses is "perepluynut' ", which literally translates as "spit farther than" (Kolya), but is a slang way of saying "be more popular than".
They ask him about the DC tie and the Czech team. His answer is that people have probably got used to him saying similar things about other teams by now. but he says they are a good team and difficult opponents, and they can play on any surface. However, he admits that Stepanek, especially, is more uncomfortable on clay, and will have problems against either Andreev or Davydenko on that surface. He says at the moment, no one knows who will be playing. He says clay was chosen because the clay season is coming! He is pretty sceptical about himself on the clay, but says all the others preferred a clay surface for this tie, so he agreed. He has no idea what part (if any) he will be playing in the tie - that is up to Tarpischev, but most likely he says he will be playing doubles with Marat. He was asked about how he feels when Marat jokes about him, and says he doesn't take offence. He says something like if Marat behaves like a child he will behave like a clever person, but with condescending smile.
Hope that helps a bit Juli - and thanks to Yana