New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman on Friday said it was one of the best serving days of his career as he fired 20 aces in his winning effort against Czech number one Jiri Vesley to help India draw level 1-1 against top seeds Czech Republic in a Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie here today.
He won 79 per cent of his first serve points, which was one of the key factors in today's successful effort by Somdev.
"I was serving pretty well. It was one of the best serving days of my career. It was nice," said Somdev at the post-match press conference.
"I am very happy with the way I played. I was obviously nervous to begin with. Little bit of the nerves eased because I knew I was not the favourite by any means and people did not expect me to win. So going in there with that kind of an attitude definitely helped me play more relaxed," he added.
Somdev registered his biggest victory of the season, beating Vesley 7-6 (3) 6-4 6-3 after Yuki Bhambri's defeat against big-hitting Lukas Rosol, World No. 85, in the first match.
Ranked 164 in the world, the Indian said that the strategy to hold the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in Delhi payed off as the slower court helped him post an upset win over World No. 40 Vesley.
"I think the conditions helped here. We came to Delhi knowing that it will help me and Yuki. Strategy we used in coming to Delhi, the slower courts of DLTA, worked for us today. Czechs are big guys with big servers and are big hitters. Knowing that and given the conditions here we made that decision. We are 1-1 and are in a good position today," said Somdev.
However, Somdev insisted that India were still the underdogs.
"We are still underdogs. They are favourites in every match, expect for the doubles. Tomorrow we are the slight favourites. Other two matches on Sunday, they are again the favourites. But now the way both of us (me and Yuki) have played, we feel lot better about our chances and one match on one day, anything can happen," he said.
Somdev said that his team was ready for any surprise that the Czechs might come up with.
"I would not be surprised if they field someone else against me and Yuki. They have four very good singles players. So to come out and change something would not surprise any of us. In fact, they are pretty confident that we are not going to change anything in our line up. But we are ready for anything. We can also expect a change in their doubles team also," said Somdev.
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