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Tuesday , February 11 , 2014
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Vijay has faith in Somdev & Yuki

New Delhi: Lack of confidence is what is ailing Somdev Dev Varman’s game these days, but it will take just a win or two to bring India’s No. 1 singles player back to his best, feels legendary Vijay Amritraj.

Somdev has been struggling since the start of the season, as he suffered defeats at the hand of his young compatriots, the latest coming against Yuki Bhambri in the semi-final of the Chennai Challenger event.

“Yuki is playing with confidence and that is one of the key elements that Somdev is lacking in the last one month or so. Once he gets back his confidence he will be back where he belongs,” Amritraj said, on the sidelines of a media conference.

“It’s just one win. One or two wins here and there. Then he will cause some serious damage,” he said about Somdev, who was nominated as the most improved player of the season 2013.

Talking about the Yuki-Somdev semi-final in Chennai last week, Amritraj said: “Yuki played well in that match, he hit more winners from the back of the court, he was more aggressive. That comes from confidence, which you get from playing in the Davis Cup. He also played well in Australian Open and Chennai Open.”

Amritraj said Yuki has it in him to make the top 50. He noticed that Yuki’s game has improved in the last 12 months but his backhand needs to be better. “I think he can make the top 50. The last player we had in top 50 was Ramesh Krishnan. Also it can’t be an one-off thing. You have to stay there and it’s not simple. It takes period of time,” he said.

“Tennis revolves around singles, everything else is immaterial. You can’t be on the border line. Somdev and Yuki will be able to do this year.”

Amritraj said the future of Indian tennis looks bright with the talented youngsters, including Saketh Myneni, Sanam Singh and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan around.

“If somebody has a bad day, the other guy takes his place. The next decade looks promising,” he said.