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Hold your nerves, Leander Paes tells India rookies

India’s star tennis player Leander Paes has advised his rookie teammates to stay relaxed against South Korea in the Group 1 Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie starting here today.

Paes asked the players to keep more than one game-plan so that they can quickly switch over to a more profitable approach.


Leander Paes. Pic/Getty Images

“It is all about staying relaxed and holding your nerves. Have more than one game-plan — A, B or C. If A fails then quickly switch to B, don’t wait for too long,” said Paes.

Paes, who will partner Purav Raja in the doubles, said in his 24 years of Davis Cup career he has never bothered about results and his aim always has been to give his best.

“In 24 years of my Davis Cup career I have never thought about results. In fact, I have lost more matches than I have won. I always believed in giving my best for the country,” he said.

Asked if he is facing the toughest tie of his career, Paes said the Davis Cup tie against France in Frejus in 1993 was the toughest.

On the doubles game, Paes said: “In the doubles, the Koreans look really good. They look to work points. Purav is a fabulous doubles player. It is interesting that we are playing together for the first time. It will be a challenge to gel on this surface. Rallies will be a bit longer and we know they are serve-and-volley players. It will be our game against theirs.”

The draw 

Today:
Ranjeet VM (IND) vs Min Hyeok Cho (KOR)
Vijayant Malik (IND) vs Suk-Young Jeong (KOR)

Tomorrow:
Leander Paes/Purav Raja (IND) vs Yong-Kyu Lim/Ji Sung Nam (KOR)

Sunday:
Ranjeet VM vs Suk-Young Jeong
V Malik vs M Hyeok Cho  

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