Playing on indoor courts affected my chances: Yuki


The junior Australian Open winner was taking good strides towards his second junior Grand Slam title, but due to rains he was forced to play his delayed quarterfinal on the indoor courts and went down fighting to Chase Buchanan of USA.
Yuki says his rival had the advantage of playing on the indoor courts before.

yuki Bhambri"Yes, it certainly did as this was the first time I have played a tournament in an indoor stadium and there was no influence of the wind and the sun.
"So it was extremely difficult to adjust whereas Chase had been playing in an indoor court in his college so he was quite used to it," Yuki said from New York before flying to South Africa to join Davis Cup squad.

The junior world number one also says that he could have beaten Buchanan had they contested on an outdoor court.
"Yes, I am sure I would definitely have had a better chance playing outdoors. I beat him at the US qualifiers in 2007 in my first round," Yuki said.

Although the youngster is a broken heart due to unexpected exit from the tournament, he has reasons to keep a smile on his face.
"I was hoping to bring the Cup back home so obviously losing in the quarter-finals was a big disappointment. I think I played quite well throughout the week, so I am hoping I will continue to better my performance in the next tournaments.

"Also I got a chance to sit for an hour with Rafael Nadal and that was an awesome experience," he said.
The Delhi player, who won four ITF singles title in the last few months, is now targeting a good performance in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against South Africa if he makes a debut.
"The next target is to play in the Davis Cup and also win my match for India. Then I have a few Futures in India and I hope to perform well in them to further improve my men's ranking," he said.
Yuki yesterday replaced seasoned Leander Paes in the Davis Cup team as the senior pro pulled out of the tie due to shoulder and elbow injury.

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