Vastavam Web: Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi today refused to reveal the doubles combination for the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan, asserting that focus should be on winning all the matches instead of obsessing over one.India will take on Uzbekistan in an Asia/Oceania Zone Group 1 tie here this weekend.”The focus needs to be on how we are going to win three points. Davis Cup is all about winning three points, not one point. There is a lot of talk about doubles which has been going on for weeks and it will probably go on for the next 48 hours,” Bhupathi said in a press conference here.
His decision to keep Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna in reserves raised quite a few eyebrows but one of the two is certain to make the squad after Yuki Bhambri pulled out owing to an injury breakdown.Bhupathi rejected suggestions that his and Paes’ 22 doubles titles together is a testimony to the fact that doubles is India’s strong point.”I don’t know if the results are doubles-related. We’ve always fielded what we thought was our best pair. You win some and you lose some. We (Leander and Mahesh) won 22 in a row so it doesn’t mean the legacy is going to continue,” he said.
“Obviously when you are playing at the highest level of doubles it’s in the interest of the country to field the best possible team,” he said.”I feel once the level declines past a point, every tennis player is capable of playing good doubles as long as he’s pointed in the right direction. So, that’s the reason we are still uncertain on who’s playing doubles on April 8,” he said.As per a proposed change of format in Davis Cup, the competition could be truncated to two days instead of the current practice of three-day rubbers.On the conditions here and whether they would be of any help to the home team, Bhupathi said the side needs to make the most of whatever it gets.
“The conditions here are fast and we have some big servers on our team so we need to make the best of the conditions, we need to make the best of the practice here, (consider) the opposition and obviously the camaraderie. Once we put all those together, the team will come together,” he said.Asked about Rohan Bopanna’s absence from today’s press conference, Bhupathi said, “Because they told us it was a press conference for the Indian team. He is officially not in the team yet. He is a reserve.”