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Indians are great fighters, play with emotion: Spain Davis Cup captain

tennis Updated: Sep 19, 2016 18:25 IST
Conchita Martinez

Conchita Martinez helps David Ferrer cool off during the changeover in his match against Saketh Myneni on Friday.(AP)

Despite losing the Davis Cup World Group Playoff Tie 5-0, India managed to impress mighty Spain with their fighting spirit and display of emotion on court.

India suffered a whitewash at the hands of the five-time champions and will thus stay in Asia/Oceania Group in the 2017 Davis Cup season.

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The doubles rubber was the only match where they faced resistance from the pair of veteran Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni.

When Spanish captain Conchita Martinez was asked to compare the Indian team with some other teams that they have played, she said: “I don’t know how to compare but what we have learnt that they are powerful, have talent, good hands. They are great fighters and play with emotions, like to play with [sic] for their country. They are hard workers.”

David Ferrer said he liked the fact the Indian fans were respectful towards the visiting side. He also had words of praise for Ramkumar Ramanathan and Myneni.

“Playing in India is very different. It’s my second time in India (he played in CTL). I enjoyed the week. People have respect for us and I appreciate it,” Ferrer said.

After leading the side to the World Group, Conchita said that Spanish players were thorough professionals, who just want to win when they step on the court.

Meanwhile, Sumit Nagal, who made an impressive debut against Marc Lopez but could not pull off the win, said he still has no clue what happened to him in the third set.

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“I could not breath. I was not getting enough oxygen. The coach said it could be a gas problem, it was there till last. I became a bit tight, it was affecting my lungs. Maybe it was my first time (in Davis Cup), it cold be nervous tension as well,” he said.

“The coach said I am good enough to play three sets. The humidity was crazy. It is not there in Europe everyday and it was what that made the difference.”