INDORE - With India’s recent Davis Cup triumph against Chinese Taipei coming without the experience of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, the country’s numero uno singles player Somdev Devvarman says he feels it is time that the focus shifts from the veteran duo to the youngsters. India thrashed Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie here and Somdev said although the team will forever remain grateful the contribution that Paes and Bhupathi made, the time has come to look ahead.
The 28-year-old, who is currently ranked 103rd in the ATP list, also spoke about his role in the players’ revolt against the national federation. In a free-wheeling chat with PTI, Somdev also said he would remain stubborn about his game not change anything about it. Somdev spoke on the heels of Saketh Myneni and Yuki Bhambri having straight-set victories as India completed a 5-0 rout of Chinese Taipei. Myneni, who contributed in India’s doubles win carried his good form into the singles rubber as captain decided to play him in place of Somdev Devvarman, who won a marathon singles against Ti Chen. This is the first time after 2005 that India have recorded a whitewash over an opponent.