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first_imgWhile gearing up for the Davis Cup test against Czech Republic shedding buckets of sweat at the DLTA courts with coach Zeeshan Ali for company, Somdev spoke to PTI on a range of issues. Excerpts from an interview: Q) What about your plans. Do you see yourself breaking into top-100 by the end of this season? A) To be honest, I dont care anymore. I just want to play good tennis. I just want to win. I am not bothered. Obviously, I would like to finish in top-100 and make the main draw in the Australian Open and have a better schedule. If I dont, I will play in Qualies. But the key for me is to stay healthy and win close matches that I am losing. I can make that happen. Q) The last two years you have had ordinary results. How your career is shaping up? A) For my standards, its not been the best two years. The thing is that there have been patches of quality tennis. I have never won two Challengers in a year in my life. So, there are some positives as well. I am losing a lot of three set matches. Q) This has been a tough season for you. You lost many fist round matches. How are you shaping up for the tie? A) Its been tough. I have lost a few close matches. But once I went back home, it was nice and relaxing. When you are in the middle of the tour, you dont get a chance to be at home, it was nice. I practised at home also and here twice today, feeling good after first day. Q) It is because that you play defensive and do not attack more, just try to wear opponent out? A) Its a combination of lot of things. In sports, everything is momentum. I have been in this place so many times and it takes one or two wins and things start turning around. I have been working hard. The answer for me is that its going to come through hard work. Its still not too late for that. Everebody knows that I am going to work hard. Lets hope. Q) We have seen you getting results when you attacked more and rushed on to net. Should it not be a regular feature in your game. A) It does not hurt. Its one thing to say, go and play attacking tennis and its another thing to execute it. Sometimes a lot of players know the right thing to do but its not easy to execute. It depends on situation, the guy on the other side of the court. What they are allowing you to do? Then a lot comes on confidence and easy things become difficult, if you are not confident. (MORE) PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img

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