He is just the neighbour next door who loves to read Harry Potter and is a big 'bhindi' fan. But he is not just somebody for Somdev Devvarman is India’s No.1 tennis player. The 24 year old, whose favourite movie is Goodwill Hunting, rates Roger Federer as the greatest player of all time, and is confident the Swiss will win his sixth Wimbledon title.
Enjoying a 'much-needed' break, Devvarman is cooling his heels before a jam-packed season ahead.
"I have been working very hard for a very long time and I needed this small window to relax and meet my family," said Devvarman while enjoying rajma chawal in a friends home on Thursday.
Relaxation gave way to excitement as discussions changed track to India's Davis Cup tie against South Africa in September. South African Kevin Anderson, who partnered the Indian at the Wimbledon doubles, will be at the other side of the court there.
"I am great friends with Kevin, but when we are at the court it is all business. I know the whole South African team very well but we are very professional on the court," he added.
"I hope Rohan (Bopanna) is fit in time for the tie, or else we would have to look at the option of Yuki Bhambri or Sanam Singh. As for me, I would be travelling to Johannesburg well in advance to get used to the surface and the altitude," he said.
Devvarman, an ardent Rafael Nadal fan, bestowed confidence on the world No. 1 to bounce back from a knee injury.
"You can learn a lot from Nadal and his practice sessions. It should not be forgotten that he is still at the top. I am sure he will comeback better and stronger," he said.
Wimbledon over, Devvarman now wants to concentrate on the singles circuit. "I will start training after a week's rest. I play a challenger in California and then a list of qualifying tournaments for the US Open. It will be my first US Open and I hope to make a statement," Devvarman concluded.