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first_imgQ) What is your reason for coming couple of days ahead of Q) What is your reason for coming couple of days ahead of others? A) The coach (Zeeshan Ali) and the captain (Anand Amritraj) said, that earlier you come, the better it is. Getting used to the heat and the conditions. Hopefully, it works as an advantage as it is going to be a tough tie. Q) You have enjoyed great results in Delhi. You have not lost here in years. How hopeful you are continue your incredible record? A) Thats one of the reasons that we chose this venue. Me and Yuki both have lot of success on this court particularly. Hopefully, the home court helps us. The weather seems to be shaping great for the Indians, hopefully it remains like this. We have given ourselves a chance. Q) What makes this venue so special for you? A) Its combination of lot of things. To be honest, everytime I come here, I feel different. May be its luck, maybe its winning key points here and there. Something about this place makes very comfortable. In the past, that is how it has been. I hope it continues. This tie, I am going to do everything I can. Q) The absence of Tomas Berdych should work to India?s advantage. A) Its a huge boost. The guy is a top player single-handedly, he won the Davis Cup twice for Czech Republic, playing singles on Friday, doubles on Saturday and the singles on Sunday. The guy is really done it. Not having having him, hurts them a lot. Let?s hope that it works in our advantage. Q) Do you know that Czechs are a bit worried about your record here. Lukas Rosol was mentioning it in an interview? A) Wow! I did not know that they are aware about that. Its good (that they know). We will give visitors a good fight. Q) Rosol is not the same player, who beat Rafael Nadal two years back. Do you think, India can attack him more? A) He is still ranked higher than both of us. He won a round in the US Open as well. Not too long ago the guy was seeded in the Slams. Hes a tough guy to attack. He has got a huge serve, huge forehand and a huge backhand. He hits the ball big. Its tough to play against these guys on your terms. Q) Did you know Jiri Vesley is yet to win a live singles rubber in Davis Cup? A) Thats news to us. I never knew that. Hopefully that continues (laughs). Q) Yuki today won a Challenger in Shanghai. Thats good for India. A) He is in great form. During New Zealand tie, the guy really upped his game. He played world class tennis. The only people who saw was us. Even after that he went to States and made two semis before the US Open and even there lost a very close three-setter to a pretty good player, Nishioka. He is ready to make a huge leap in his career. He is ready to break top-100 in my opinion. He is working hard. Hats off to him, huge morale booster for us with him coming in with a Challenge win. He is sharp and winning close matches. Q) Davis Cup has often brought the best out of you. Hoping for the same in this tie? A) Last year something similar happened. I played a good rubber against Serbia. I love playing Davis Cup, I love playing the five-set format. Playing at home and in Delhi is. Its going to be tough but I am going to fight for every point. PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img