Standing at 6’8″, the 25-year-old Muscovite is one of the most dominant centerpieces of the ATP Tour. Known for his unorthodox shots, intelligent play, out-of-the-box thinking and superhero-like agility, “The Chessmaster” is always one step ahead. Recent winner of the Open 13 in Marseille, he became the first player since the Big Four to be ranked number 2 in the world. Daniil’s talents don’t stop there. Off the court, he has a passion for video games, especially FIFA, a game he is particularly skilled at. With his arsenal of abilities and his intelligence reminiscent of Magnus Carlsen, The Chessmaster is THE master to beat for the upcoming UTS episode. Ready? Daniil is about to move his first chess pieces.Watch live
Daniil is known for his explosive backhand. At ease in all situations, he is able to make the difference with one shot.
The Russian does not miss. Very comfortable on both sides and quick on his lateral movements, Daniil is difficult to overrun on his baseline. He even manages to frustrate the most consistent players.
Thanks to his exceptional reading of the game and explosive movement, "The Chessmaster" is one of the best returners on the circuit, winning more than 30% of his points on the opponent's first serve.