Johannesburg: India’s Davis Cup captain S.P. Misra asserts that his team is disappointed but not rattled by defeat in the doubles rubber and his boys are in ‘great spirit’ ahead of the tie-deciding reverse singles.
“It’s a pity, nobody likes to give away live Davis Cup match. So it was disappointing for everyone. He (Bhupathi) went for a high backhand volley and suffered the right groin injury. It’s same he suffered last year in May as well,” Misra said.
“He could not serve, volley and was not comfortable after that,” he added.
However, Misra said Somdev Devarman and Rohan Bopanna are raring to go for reverse singles and book India a berth in the World Group after 11 years.
“We are going with great spirits. Somdev is confident and I think he should put it out. He shares the same coach with Voest and knows his game pretty well,” Misra said.
Misra hinted that if India wins the tie after the first match, Yuki Bhambri can make his debut in the Cup.
“We will see how it goes, but it could happen.”
Talking about the doubles match, Misra said Bhupathi and Bopanna could have finished off the job.
“Things were at par at that time. I think we could have closed the tie today. But Mahesh Bhupathi was not comfortable. They were playing well,” he said. — PTI