I played terribly in second set, confesses Yuki Bhambri
Chandigarh: Yuki Bhambri said he played "terribly" when he lost the second set 0-6 against Daniel King Turner during the first singles of the Davis Cup relegation play-off tie, on Friday.
The 20-year old youngster, playing against a player who is placed 203 places below him at 382 in ATP rankings, had to dig deep into his resources for the five-set win.
"It was not the kind of tennis I like to play but I am glad I pulled it off," Yuki said after the match.
"I played terribly to lose the second set 0-6 but the team kept supporting me. I did not want to lose another set at love and that would have been very embarrassing. When you lose a set 0-6, it means you are not doing anything right. It`s not the best tennis that I played. I wanted to win one game and gradually gained in confidence," he said at the press conference.
India coach Nandan Bal said Yuki`s fitness stood him in good stead as showed amazing resilience in the match that lasted three hours and 15 minutes.
"We kept him hyderated. That was the key. A player can break tactically but if he break downs physically, then it`s tough. He was incredible physically and showed a big heart," Bal said.
Turner said his performance dipped after suffering a strain in his left leg.
"I had a strain in my calf (left) and that affected. I felt it when I was coming on to the net. He (Yuki) started hitting ball very well," he said.
Kiwi skipper Marcel Vos said Turner`s defeat from a winning position was, "disappointing".
"It is very unfortunate but we are looking forward to the matches ahead."