Not complacent: Somdev

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 31.01.14

Indore: Somdev Dev Varman, on Thursday, said the equation has certainly changed in the Asia-Oceania Group I tie, with Chinese Taipei not having their top two players, but insisted that they won’t take the visitors lightly since possibility of upsets is more in Davis Cup matches.

Taipei will miss world No. 54 Yen-Hsun Lu and Jimmy Wang (154) and will be led by Tsung-Hua Yang, who is ranked 216.

“Definitely it changes the equation. The top two guys are extremely tough, but having said that, tennis is an individual game and everyone is capable of good wins. Everyone who has played at this level, has had upsets, has made upsets. On any given day, anyone can beat anyone in Davis Cup. It has happened,” Somdev, who is the highest-ranked player in the tie at 103, said after a two-hour practice session.

“No complacency whatsoever. We are taking this tie extremely seriously,” he added.

Talking about his form as he did not have a good start to season, Somdev said it won’t matter much. “I did not play my best on that day (against Ramkumar Ramanathan, in Chennai) and in Australia as well, unfortunately that guy (Feliciano Lopez) was better than me on that day. I would have loved to have more matches coming. But whether you are in good form or not, your approach towards playing a Davis Cup match does not change,” said Somdev here at Indore Tennis Club.

“I have been practising incredibly hard in the last couple of weeks. You are going to be nervous, playing for your country. Hopefully this time we will play better.” Somdev is hopeful that Yuki Bhambri will provide India a 1-0 lead as he is in good form. “He’s been playing extremely well. Hope that confidence carries through, a lot of time it does,” he said.

Asked how he and Rohan Bopanna, being the senior members of the side, would lead the youngsters, Somdev said he shared a great bond with his teammates.       (PTI)