Despite having taken a comfortable 2-0 lead at the end of the first day of Davis Cup action against Indonesia, India's non-playing captain S.P. Misra was guarded against terming the tie a done deal.
Misra said his team preferred the “one match at a time” approach.
Misra — on his final assignment with the team — praised Yuki Bhambri after his victory in the second singles, terming the match “one of the best I have ever seen Yuki play.”
Bhambri suggested that the slow court, coupled with the high bounce the surface allowed on his serve, played to his advantage.
‘Missing’ the action
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna, who was not considered for selection for the tie, said he would have loved to play.
Bopanna, who watched the action from the stands with his doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi, said: “If you have been part of the Davis Cup team for 10 years, you are obviously going to miss being part of the team. I would have loved to play this one.”
The 33-year-old, who lost his spot in the squad after a player revolt against the All India Tennis Association (AITA), said that many of the issues had been resolved.
“We had some problems with the AITA in the beginning, but it has been sorted out.
“That is why the players (Somdev Devvarman, Sanam Singh and Yuki Bhambri) are playing this tie. So obviously, things are moving forward,” he said.
The Indian Tennis Players’ Association — all Indian Davis Cup players, barring Leander Paes, are members — will meet, for the first time, on Saturday.