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Special to win at Paes backyard: Vishnu

Calcutta: A double crown at the National Grass Court Championships was very special for Vishnu Vardhan. More so when it was achieved at a venue where idol Leander Paes had grown up.

“It’s amazing to win here… I have watched videos of Leander’s Davis Cup matches and dreamt of playing here. But now I have won here… It’s a special feeling,” Vardhan said after winning the men’s singles and doubles at the South Club on Saturday.

Vardhan said that he knew Divij Sharan’s weak area and tried to exploit that. “I knew he was good at the net and consciously tried to keep him away from there… It worked for me,” said Vardhan.

The Hyderabad boy, who lost to Rohan Bopanna in the semis of the last nationals, was pragmatic when asked if he hoped to get a berth in the Davis Cup squad for the tie versus Uzbekistan to be held in Delhi in February.

“I am in no hurry… If the selectors feel I am fit for the side, they will take me, otherwise I will wait for my chance,” Vardhan said.

The 20-year-old said that nothing had come easy for him, but his career graph was quite smooth with no sharp rise or decline. “I am happy with what I have achieved so far, but…”

The added bonus of a wild card in the Chennai Open didn’t excite him too much. “I will get to play with top stars and I will learn a lot,” Vardhan said.

Runner-up Sharan felt that nothing went right for him on Saturday. “I don’t know what happened, it just didn’t go smoothly for me,” Sharan said.

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