Levan, are you happy with the draw?
- Well, the draw went as it went ... All are very strong rivals, none of them is a gift, especially Tim. He is very experienced and strong, and I fear him, so I prepare for a very difficult duel. And the rest of the pairs are all very interesting and equal. It will be very entertaining to watch.
What do you think will be your basis in the fight against Tim Bresnan?
- It will be important first of all that I am much younger, and he is the same age as my father. Still, I think, speed, but we'll see. It's hard to say, I never pulled with him. I am now in the best form in my career, and I will try to add a little more and finally have a good rest to be fresh in April.
What do you think, what are your chances to stay in the top four and continue to fight for first place?
- I think everyone has the same chance.
Denis Tsyplenkov was hospitalized. Do you think it will ease this overall tension in the eight?
- Yes, this news shocked me, and I felt very sad, I really wanted to pullwith Denis in the final. I imagined this fight many times. It is a pity that it happened. I wish him a speedy recovery, and that returning to the sport as soon as possible. Top-8 with and without Denis are completely different tournaments. Yes, Vitali is very strong, he is a real champion and initially deserved to be in the Top-8. But I really hope that Denis will soon be able to recover and we will meet at the table. God bless you, legend!