Timofey Skatov

June 10, 2022

“What differentiates me is enjoying tough moments. I didn’t realize it for a long time, but a few weeks ago it became clear to me.  There are some points during the match, for example, it could be 5:5 40:40 in the third set after 3 hours on the court and people start to feel really tight and nervous. In this moment, you have to challenge yourself to see how strong you are. When your head probably isn’t working well, you have to push yourself to do work and do whatever it takes. In these moments, to me, you really feel alive and everything makes sense.  In 2017 I became number one in the Juniors and had to play my first junior Australian Open — it was a disaster. This was the first time I had to face pressure, but I didn’t know this at the time. Looking back, the most interesting thing was that I was the main person putting pressure on myself. Yes, there were definitely people who said “This is your year, I hope you will win” but the main guy who wanted it was me. And it was a really bad joke.  Even making QF this year, (more…)