Bolstered by a better-than-expected performance in the Commonwealth Games, Indian athletes would now look to assert themselves against the sporting might of continental powerhouses such as China and Japan in the 17th Asian Games commencing here tomorrow.
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes says he aspires to exit from the game just like global icons Pele and Mohammad Ali who bid adieu to their respective sports when they were at the pinnacle of their careers.
Somdev Devvarman on Sunday said the sterling comeback doubles match of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna inspired him to go out and win the crucial first reverse singles game for India and keep the nation's hopes alive in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie against Serbia here.
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes on Saturday said that the dramatic victory he pulled off along with partner Rohan Bopanna against formidable Serbians was the best comeback effort of his Davis Cup career.
India's doubles star Rohan Bopanna says the bitterness that had developed between him and Leander Paes in the build-up to the 2012 London Games is "long gone and over" and he was not averse to the idea of pairing with his senior compatriot for the Rio Olympics if there are no fitness issues.
Yuki Bhambri will open India's Davis Cup campaign against Serbia, drawn against visiting side's number two player Dusan Lajovic for the first singles match of the World Group playoff tie, beginning here Friday.
Somdev Devvarman will lead India against the visiting Serbia as the Asian giants attempt to return to the World Group for the 2015 season. India last qualified for the 16-team elite group three years ago.
India's ace tennis player Leander Paes today said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday.
Serbia's Illija Bozoljac on Monday said that their team has the ability to perform well despite world No 1 Novak Djokovic's absence in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India to be played from September 12 to 14 at KSLTA stadium here.
India have had their share of romance with the Davis Cup, having been runners-up thrice -- in 1966, 1974 and 1987. Their best-ever performance was probably in 1966 when they beat Brazil in Kolkata. Ramanathan Krishnan defeated southpaw and World No.12 Thomaz Koch in five sets to clinch the Inter-Zonal final 3-2, and put India in the now-defunct Challenge Round where they lost to Australia.
Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed Sunday but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet.