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Leander Paes confident for Davis Cup tie

New Delhi, Apr 8: An upbeat Indian captain Leander Paes exuded confidence ahead of the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Japan and expressed satisfaction with Rohan Bopanna's recovery who was practising hard at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) here today.

''The practice sessions are going really well. Any team which plays well for three continous days will win the (Davis) Cup.''Our boys are keen to do well and look to fire all cylinders against Japan,'' Paes told mediapersons during the team's practice session. The Indian team was practising without star player Mahesh Bhupathi who is still suffering from jet-lag but Bopanna's long sessions at the nets must have given them confidence.''Rohan looks well and is practising very hard here. He had two double sets and looked great and will follow it up with some single's sets aswell,'' Paes informed.

Meanwhile, All India Tennis Association (AITA) president Yashwant Sinha too, made a short visit at the practise sessions and provided his inputs to the team.

''Playing on the grass courts will definitely improve our chances as we are used to playing on such conditions and I am confident that Indian team will come up with great results against the Japanese oputfit,'' Sinha said.

Paes too acknowledged Sinha's sincere efforts for the team and said he came to pump up the team.

''He (Sinha) himself is a very knowledgeble tennis player and provided us with some of his valuable advices,'' Paes said.

The Indian team had long practise sessions today lasting four hours and Bopanna looked in good touch after recovering from a niggle in his knee that he suffered in the recently concluded F5 Futures ITF Men's tournament.

Mahesh Bupathi, who finished runners-up in the Miami Masters, will join the team tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the team's media manager Col Ranbir Chauhan refused to expose players to the media saying the players are not ready to speak to the media as they want to focus only on tennis at the moment.

But a few seconds after that, Paes came up to the media and briefed them about the team's practise.

India will begin its campaign against Japan in the Davis Cup tie from April 11.


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Story first published: Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 16:06 [IST]
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