Indian doubles tennis legend Leander Paes says that the quality of India's singles players must improve after India went down to Croatia 1-3 in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers in Zagreb. According to the Indian daily, Sportstar, Paes, who won the doubles rubber with Rohan Bopanna for India's only point in the tie, commented, "Ramkumar has been playing good in recent weeks, and has been doing well in doubles also.
I saw him reaching the ATP event final in Newport couple of years ago. He has a lot of room for improvement. The quality of our singles players has to go higher. Ram, Prajnesh, Sumit, they are working hard." The Indian veteran confirmed that this wold be his last match for India in the Davis Cup with 2020 being his last year on the tour.
"This was going to be the last match for me in Davis Cup. The country comes first. At the end of the day, what is best for the team has to be considered. It is for the captain to decide whether I am needed or not." Paes' doubles partner in the tie Rohan Bopanna paid tribute to the 46 year old.
"It was a very high quality match. The best we have played in a long time, after the one against Serbia in 2014. It was Leander’s last Davis Cup match. We have learnt a lot from him. We may have had our ups and downs, but when we step on court, we try to give our best.
In today’s match, we were down, but didn’t give up." India's team captain Rohit Rajpal commented, "We should have won the first singles. That would have given us a better shot. It was an eye opener for Sumit, playing Marin Cilic.
He has a lot of room for improvement. We played a hard match. On the first day, luck was not on our side. We took the pressure to the Croatian team. We should have won the first rubber. In the second match against Cilic, Ramkumar had set points in both the sets.
We needed some luck. I was very confident about Leander and Rohan would give me that point. That came true."