India’s top-ranked player – Yuki Bhambri played a grueling 5 set match against Canadian Denis Shapovalov during the India Vs Canada Davis Cup tie. He further admitted that India need a top-ranked player to be a threat in the Davis Cup.
In a match that lasted for almost 4 hours that Bhambri lost, he said, "Personally, it was a very good Davis Cup tie for me. I will rate it among top three matches in my career, in terms of quality of play, in terms of fightback and duration of the match.
We could not win but we fought well. Ram also played well. He pulled off a great win (on Day one). It was close and good.” Speaking about India’s chances of qualifying for the World Group, Yuki said, "I would not say it was a good opportunity missed since we played better than expected.
We were playing a team which had one top-50 singles player and two Wimbledon doubles champions. Playing a World Group Play-off was always going to be tough when India are playing a team above their level. "In terms of rankings and in terms of quality of players, the squads of Serbia and the Czech Republic are better but any team coming down from World Group is very difficult to beat." India’s Davis Cup chances rest a lot on the rankings Indians have and Yuki is positive about that in times to come. "You need guys to be top-50 in the world because you are playing players, who are inside top-50 or teams like France and Spain who have top-10 and 20 players.
That's the reason we have not made the World Group. You have to win three matches and it's not an overnight thing.” "There is a level where we are. Both me and Ram are around 150 and by the end of the year, we will be around 120.
But you need someone, who is consistently in top-50 but at the same time, there is a big improvement if we compare it to the scenario we had five or 10 years back. We have a lot of options now. We have to get closer but still far from becoming a force.” ALSO READ Chris Evert: 'Players will be less intimidated by Serena Williams' .