Australia will struggle in Chennai: Somdev

March 17th, 2009 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) India No.1 Somdev Devvarman Tuesday said the team’s decision to play the Davis Cup tie against Australia on Chennai hardcourts is only because the visitors would be a lot more comfortable playing on grass.
India will be hosting Australia for the third round Davis Cup tie at Chennai from May 8-10, breaking away from the traditional grasscourts for the first time in 30 years.

The players after Somdev’s exploits on the hardcourts unanimously chose Chennai as the venue to host 28 times champion Australia.

“It was a team decision (to play in Chennai). We sat down after beating Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) and took a collective decision. We also had to keep in mind the fact that Australia are a very tough team on grass as Hewitt is a former world no.1 and Chris Guccione is a tall lefty with an excellent serve and volley game,” Somdev, hero of India’s 3-2 away win over Chinese Taipei, told IANS.

“There is no extra pressure, we all know we have to play our best to beat Australia.”

The 24-year-old said playing in Chennai would benefit the Indians who are used to heat conditions in May.

“It is going to be hot and very humid. Both Rohan and I feel comfortable playing in the heat and we hope the Aussies will struggle in the humidity. Plus, we are hoping the fans will come out in numbers and support us vociferously.”

Somdev, who is currently playing in a $50,000 ATP challenger in Bangkok, said they have to play their best to beat Australians.

“I will be preparing the same way. I have to approach it in the same manner as I approach every match.

“We will have to play our very best to beat them. Let’s hope we can execute our plans and hopefully register a win,” he said.

The winner of the tie between India and Australia will qualify for the World Group play-off.

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