Chandigarh: Yuki Bhambri said he played “terribly” when he lost the second set 0-6 against Daniel King-Turner during the first singles of the Davis Cup relegation play-off tie, on Friday.
The 20-year old youngster had to dig deep into his resources for the five-set win. “It was not the kind of tennis I like to play but I am glad I pulled it off,” Yuki said after the match.
“I played terribly to lose the second set 0-6 but the team kept supporting me. I did not want to lose another set at love and that would have been very embarrassing. When you lose a set 0-6, it means you are not doing anything right. It’s not the best tennis that I played. I wanted to win one game and gradually gained in confidence,” he said.
Coach Nandan Bal said Yuki’s fitness stood him in good stead as showed amazing resilience in the match that lasted three hours and 15 minutes.
“We kept him hydrated. That was the key. A player can break tactically but if he break downs physically, then it's tough. He was incredible physically and showed a big heart,” Bal said.