Wed, 07 Mar 2012 09:10:08 GMT

I am still getting adjusted to Bhupathi: Bopanna

Bangalore: Doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna on Tuesday said it would take some more time for him and senior partner Mahesh Bhupathi to get adjusted to each other before they strike the right chord in the ATP tennis circuit.


I am still getting adjusted to Bhupathi: Bopanna

"Bhupathi and me are still getting adjusted to each other. We are learning from our strengths and weaknesses. Yes it does take a while before we strike a right chord (to meet big challenges ahead)," Bopanna said.

The Bhupathi-Bopanna pair recently won the doubles title at the Dubai championship.

Bopanna said partnering Bhupathi has helped him sharpen his skills.

"I have learnt a lot from Bhupathi. He is an experienced player and has played at highest level ... this helps," he said.

Remembering Bhupathi's vital tips in Davis Cup matches, Bopanna said, "There are senior players backing you at crucial stages of the matches. Definitely, this is a positive sign."

Bopanna said he and Bhupathi were focusing on improving their tennis and winning titles and a medal at London Olympics, rather than concentrating on what critics say.

"We are not here to silence critics. We chose each other to see how we could do as a team and work as a team," he said.

Asked about his chances at the London Games, Bopanna said his goal was to win a medal for the country.

On his friendship with former doubles partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Bopanna said the Pakistani was much closer to him as a friend than a doubles partner.

"That is something special. I was happy to be a part of his wedding ceremony in Lahore," he said.

Asked whether he would partner Qureshi again after London Olympics, Bopanna said it could be a possibility.

Source: PTI

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