Davis Cup: Aggression is the buzzword for Yuki

first_imgHis talent was never in doubt but injuries have plagued Yuki Bhambri’s promising career. After a lengthy injury lay-off, Yuki has come back strongly with some good victories under his belt and his confidence is certainly high going into Friday’s opening rubber against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.The difference in their rankings is huge with Yuki 90 places behind the 61st-ranked Lajovic, but considering that some of the visiting team’s top players, including Novak Djokovic, are missing, India can surely be positive. Yuki understands the expectations but says he will do what he knows best – play aggressively.”I am match-ready. It will be a tough one but that’s what Davis Cup is all about. My tennis has been good lately. We know it is a tough situation and this is how it is going to be. At the end of the day, we are here to win and not to give just a good fight. If you have to be there in the World Group, you have to beat the top 16, it is simple as that,” Yuki told Mail Today after Thursday’s practice session.In Yuki and Somdev Devvarman, the country’s top-ranked singles player, India have two players who have completely different styles of play. While Somdev believes in grinding down the opponent and is prepared to play a lengthy game, Yuki is someone who likes to be aggressive.Yuki, a former Australian Open junior champion, hopes to bank upon his aggression to counter Lajovic”Davis Cup is about teams and everyone has to contribute. Dusan has done well in the last two years but hopefully, with the crowd behind me, and if I can play as well as I can and physically handle long matches, it will be OK. Playing aggressively is what I know. I will go for my shots for that is how I have learned my tennis. It suits my game with the ball flying and going through the air quicker. I like playing fast and finishing fast. I am a completely different player than somebody like Somdev who would probably give the counter punch and run around,” added Yuki.advertisementAgainst Lajovic, who played the first round of the US Open main draw, Yuki certainly starts as the underdog but the Indian doesn’t mind that.”He is expected to win because is ranked 61st in the world. Being the underdog, it takes some pressure off you. I can play freely with the tie starting from scratch and I don’t have to think about the results of the previous matches of the tie. Yes, I will be nervous. It’s different because you are not playing for yourself here but for your country and your teammates. You have to play five sets so the mindset has to be different as well but I like challenges,” the Indian added.last_img

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