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‘Must vibe well with Paes’

New Delhi: Vishnu Vardhan feels that the experience of playing alongside Sania Mirza in the 2010 Asian Games will hold him in good stead when he partners Leander Paes in the upcoming Olympics.

“When I was asked to pair up with Sania during the Asian Games at Guangzhou in 2010, I was totally under pressure but I handled it well at that time. Now I know how to handle pressure,” Vishnu said.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Thursday worked out a compromise formula by agreeing to pair Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna and teamed up Paes with Vishnu (world No. 207) for the men’s doubles event in London despite Paes’ threat to pullout on being partnered with a low-ranked player.

But Vishnu said that he had no knowledge of what exactly Paes had communicated to AITA and hence would not like to read too much into it.

Asked if he and Paes have a realistic chance of winning a medal at the Olympics, Vishnu said, “Absolutely.”

“We (Vishnu and Sania) were not seeded at the Asian Games and still we ended up with a silver medal there. I’m sure Paes and I can do that in the Olympics.”

With just about a month to go for the mega-event, scheduled to start on July 27, Paes and Vishnu are expected to develop an understanding and the youngster said that would not be too difficult to achieve.

“We adjust to different partners all the time. We are used to such situations.

We just pick partners during tournaments or Grand Slams and strike an understanding easily. One month is a long period… And it will be important to vibe well with Paes,” said Vishnu. (PTI)