He practiced for a long time, perfecting his shots. After all, the day prior to one's Davis Cup debut is all about perfecting one's art isn't it. Are the nerves playing up? Butterflies in the tummy?
"I try not to think about it," said the 26-year-old Divij Sharan. Dubbed 'the doubles specialist', Sharan will have his moment on Saturday, coming of age after spending a number of years in the fringes of the Davis Cup final four.
Having been a part of the Davis Cup squad against Brazil two years ago and among the playing four against Kazakhstan in 2007, Sharan's been in the news for a while but, never got the chance to showcase his talent.
Recently shooting up to 94 in the ATP doubles ranking charts, the lefty has an impressive record this season - winning two Challengers in doubles and making the final of five. Partnering either Yuki Bhambri or Vishnu Vardhan on tour, the Delhi lad is comfortable playing with either on his debut. According to the team think tank, if Vardhan is not too tired after finishing his singles, he will play the doubles.
However, if that option doesn't work out, they will consider playing local lad Sanam Singh. "I've never played with Sanam but I'm ready to play with anyone. It doesn't matter. I'll leave the decision to the management and focus solely on my play," the mature player said.
The early evening saw Sharan and Sanam play a friendly game against reserves Saketh Myneni and N Sriram Balaji in the outside courts.
Despite the laughter and banter among the four, Sharan wasn't taking the session lightly. He tried variations, spruced up his volleys and kept serving till he got them right. "Tennis is my life. It's something which I do every day. So, I'll be going out there and giving it my all," was his confident reply.