I could not have played better, says Yuki; team hails him
Indian youngster Yuki Bhambri says he could not have played better against Jose Statham as he saved India the blushes on day one by winning the second singles in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, here on Friday. After Somdev Devvarman’s stunning five-set defeat, Yuki drubbed Jose Statham in straight sets to level the tie 1-1. “Initially I was nervous but I tried to stay focussed on my match and just gave it my best. It was a clinical performance. I could not have played any better,” Yuki said after his match. “Getting early breaks in the first set helped as I could play freely. And winning the first set was the key,” he added. Not only the 23-year-old Delhi lad but his team also felt that Yuki was superb in his match.
“The good thing about on Friday is that Yuki played a fantastic match and put us on the board, really took to his opponent. Some of the best tennis I have seen Yuki playing in such a tough situation after going down 1-0 in a Davis Cup match away from home,” said Somdev about his teammate. India coach Zeeshan Ali was also effusive in his praise for Yuki. “Yuki played flawless tennis. One of the best tennis I’ve seen him play. He’s been timing the ball beautifully the whole week and on Friday was exceptional tennis from him. He didn’t give his opponent any chance to settle for the first 2 and a half sets,” Zeeshan said. Speaking about his surprise defeat, Somdev said he did not play badly but his opponent was just too good. “Definitely, it was a tough day for me in the office. I started off really well, serving really well in the first two sets, I only faced one break point in the first two sets and after that the guy certainly played very good to be honest,” Somdev said.