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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Davis Cup 2018 arrangement to our advantage: Bhupathi

New arrangement to be utilized in the 2019 Davis Cup qualifying rounds will work to the advantage of nearly weaker sides like India, commander Mahesh Bhupathi accepts. 

Unseeded India has a solid Italy in the qualifying round in February one year from now, in a shorter two-day tie with best-of-three set rubbers. Ties were prior held more than three days, with five-set rubbers. 

"The new configuration benefits us, since when you are playing better groups, it is simpler to get the disturbed win by winning two out of three sets (instead of three out of five sets)," Bhupathi revealed to The Hindu at the dispatch of the Bengaluru Midnight Marathon here on Tuesday. 

In Fabio Fognini (World No. 14), Marco Cecchinato (20) and Andreas Seppi (37), Italy flaunts an imposing group. India's best singles player, is Yuki Bhambri (108). While Bhupathi is just for making full utilization of home conditions, he doesn't concur with the line of felt that a hot, moist city will influence the Italians a lot. "Hot conditions won't make any difference at that time, on the grounds that the Italians touch base here in the wake of playing the Australian Open in Melbourne, where it'll be more than 40°C," he said.

To meet the Davis Cup court controls — there ought to be a space behind every pattern of at least 27 feet (8.23m) — is the best need now, Bhupathi said. "We've put in some scene solicitations to the AITA, however there are a few worries with the Davis Cup principles and controls with regards to stadiums. 

"We require a stadium with a specific least measure of room behind the standard. That is the issue now. The AITA is attempting to make sense of it, and they will accept a bring in around 10 days. Our surface inclination — be it grass or something else — needs to fit the controls," the 44-year-old said. 

Players' shape 

On Dhivij Sharan, who on Monday surpassed Rohan Bopanna to end up the most elevated positioned Indian pairs player (World No. 38), Bhupathi stated, "He's had numerous incredible outcomes. He's unquestionably in the retribution Bhupathi is upbeat that players like Divij and Prajnesh Gunneswaran have had great keeps running as of late, however that does not imply that Davis Cup billets are ensured. "It is an extraordinary sign when our folks do well, yet winning presently doesn't generally make a difference. They need to win nearer to our tie," he said. 

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