Vastavam web: A combination of talent and confidence is quintessential to thrive in the demanding professional circuit and Yuki Bhambri is full of both as he avowed that he is capable of winning an ATP World Tour title.The 2017 season also brought the biggest win of Bhambri’s career when he scalped world number 22 Frenchman Gael Monfils at the Citi Open, where he reached the quarter-finals after qualifying for the ATP 500 event.
Winning five matches in a row is what he needs to grab a title on the ATP World tour.”The key is to play as much possible and play bigger tournaments. I had a few quarter-finals (on ATP World Tour).As the new season begins Monday with the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune, Yuki said he is ready for the big leap.To prepare for the fresh season and challenges ahead, Yuki had spent some quality time in Bangkok where he trained under renowned coach Stephen Koon in the company of top Asian players.
“I spent my off-season in Bangkok. All the top Asian players from Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Georgia were there. It was a good group, good weather, similar to Australia. We had trained together last year as well and decided to come back again,” he said.Players usually are nervy for the first match of the season but Yuki is taking the pressure in a positive way to justify the wild card entry given to him along with Ramkumar Ramanathan.
“I have not seen it like this it is the first match.Every match we play, is important. Preparation is same. It takes time when you comeback from a break. Hopefully, the sharpness will be there,” he said.”It will be good for my confidence to start well but it’s a long season. It’s not a do or die situation. I have 25 tournaments to play. Hopefully I will start well but not overthink about it.” “I have done well but it will be different. The courts will be re-surfaced, they will be slower and conditions will be different,” he said.
He also expressed satisfaction that the tournament- deprived country has not lost out on this ATP 250 event after Chennai Open organisers backed off due to financial issues.Asked to reflect on that defeat against a young compatriot, Yuki said: “I have already forgotton. We try and learn from mistakes and come back stronger.” Asked specifically if he played bad or Nagal played extremely well, Yuki said, “A combination of both.”