It's advantage India with Yuki's return and home turf: Rohan Bopanna
Even as most Indian tennis fans continue to speculate whether World No 2 Novak Djokovic will travel here in September for the Davis Cup World Group playoff, doubles veteran Rohan Bopanna believes it will be advantage India nevertheless.
"I cannot speculate on the Serbian team selection right now, but I believe we do have a slight advantage considering the tie will be played at home. Also, having Yuki Bhambri back (he missed the recent fixture against Korea in Busan due to a foot injury) will be a great boost for the team," Bopanna told mid-day from Bangalore yesterday.
But win or lose, the fixture against Serbia will hold a lot of positives for this young Indian Davis Cup side, felt Bops. "The draw has pitted us against one of the stronger teams in the competition. But I'm sure our team will be looking forward to this match up and whatever the outcome it will be a great learning experience for the guys," said the 34-year-old big server.
Speaking of his role as mentor in the team, Bopanna said he will be only glad to share his experience with the younger lot as they gear up to tackle players of the caliber of Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic.
"All the guys are quite self-motivated and want to do as well as possible at every opportunity that arises. Personally for me, it's all about trying to keep a good atmosphere in the team and try to share as much of my experience with them whenever needed," added Bops.
Recalling the 'cold' win in Busan a few days ago, Bopanna said: "The conditions were quite different to what we are usually used to playing. Playing at 10 degrees is difficult and it takes some time to adjust to.
We trained hard and it turned out to be an amazing win for the team. I'm extremely proud of the way the entire team pulled together to get past Korea on their home turf. Every member contributed to get the result. It's a fantastic achievement."