Chandigarh: After playing a stellar role in India’s Davis Cup win over New Zealand in the absence of senior players, a young Vishnu Vardhan on Saturday said the tie was more about ‘heart’ and not just forehands and backhands.
After steering India to a 2-0 lead with his singles win, Vishnu defied cramps in a nerve-wrangling five-setter in the doubles rubber to seal the tie in the favour of the hosts.
“It’s the best thing to have happened to me... An amazing feeling. I dedicate this win to the whole team. S P (S P Mishra) sir, Nandan (Bal) sir, Vece (Paes) sir, they have huge experience behind them. Divij was incredible today, Yuki (Bhambri) gave us the lead. It was more about heart and not just tennis,” he said.
Vishnu said he was struggling to remain fit as the match progressed and credited Divij for keeping him relaxed and going.
Divij, on his part, said he did not do anything extraordinary in the match, but praised Vishnu for his never-say-die attitude. “Hats off to Vishnu, he played six sets today. I did not do much, I was playing fine. We came strong in the fifth set and stuck together,” he said. (PTI)