Vastavam web: India’s top singles player Yuki Bhambri’s main goal for the next year is to qualify for main draw of the Grand Slams.”I would like to try and finish in the top 100 again. At least try and make it to (main round of) some of the Grand Slams next year,” he told reporters on the eve of his match against ATP Challenger Bangalore Open against Sriram Balaji.Asked to react on his loss to Kevin Anderson in Citi Open, Yuki said it was important for him not to be satisfied after beating Gael Monfils, but wanted to keep doing well.
“I wanted to go deeper and keep doing well. It does happen though (beat a big player and then lose the next match). It was one of the biggest wins (against Monfils) of my career and it was very easy for me to be happy with that but I wasn’t.”It’s longer rallies and hitting a lot of balls against Monfils. Against Anderson, it is first-strike tennis. He would rely on his serve and I had to be ready to play quick points, but high intensity points, point would be over in four or five shots. Both different players and both bring different things to the table,” he said.
Replying to a query, Yuki said the Australian Open main draw is not playing on his mind, but playing Challenger event is tough.Yuki will be based out of Thailand trying to get a feel before heading for the qualifying event of Australian Open.”Thailand, it is a place which will work out well because it is warm when you want to be ready for Australia, everyone knows it’s pretty hot out there. Most of the top Asia players will be there and just looking forward to playing with them and sharing ideas,” he said.Looking forward to playing here. It looks great. The tournament definitely looks wonderfully set up. Hopefully I cant have a good week here as well,” he said.
“On an average, I think I would like to play two to three weeks at a time and then take a break. It obviously depends on how you are going to do. Because if you are going to have a few first round losses you have to re-schedule and re- strategise.”But fortunately I have been consistent. Most of the tournaments, I have gone deep. Into the quarters, semi-final which has been ideal,” he said.Asked about the changes in his game, Yuki talked about his confidence having played a lot of good matches at international level since the year beginning.