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Advani wants to follow the Federer way

Pankaj Advani wants to emulate what Roger Federer has done in tennis - become a champion cueist and rule the green baize unchallenged.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 16:15 IST

Pankaj Advani wants to emulate what Roger Federer has done in tennis --become a champion cueist and rule the green baize unchallenged.

Advani, who recently added the Asian Games gold in the billiards singles event to his glittering collection of trophies which he has assembled at a young age of 21, says consistent performance at the top level is the key to engrave one's name in sporting history.

"Sport is all about consistency, besides billiards and snooker, see in tennis where Roger Federer has tremendous consistency and has a different aura about him. My ultimate aim is to create an aura like that, there are some players who have become the definition of sports," Advani, who was felicitated alongwith other Asian Games medallists by ONGC said on Thursday.

Advani rated his Doha gold medal as a special one considering the competitive field, the format of the tournament and the tough draw.

"I will say this is one of the my best achievements because we all know that Asian Games come in four years time and to go through the pressure in a knock-out tournament, where you will not get a second chance, this victory stands special for me, " he said.

"The field was very competitive, three to four world champions were there in the billiards singles event. Now, in hindsight I can say that I had a tougher draw, so it was a bigger achievement to come from the tough draw and emerge the winner," added Advani, who has won the World Championship in both billiards and snooker.

"It was in the fourth frame where he missed a relatively easy shot, could have finished but he missed -- that gave me a chance and then I gained in confidence and never looked back," said Advani, who will next play in the National Championships to be held in his home city this month.

Advani, who defeated compatriot Ashok Shandilya in the final after losing the first frame, said one should keep playing matches in order to develop the required character to handle different match-situations.

"Actually there are three things, practice, keep playing the shots doing the basic exercises, going abroad where the best facilities and opportunity to play the best players are there but the most important thing is to play matches. That is the only recipe to develop a great temperament in the game," said Advani.

Advani, who was restricted just to the billiards singles event at the Asian Games, said, "my strengths are composure and calmness which I display on the table, the technique has been under scrutiny and its not up to the mark, which I'm going to work on this year."

Advani singled out Koneru Humpy's achievement of two gold medals at the Asian Games as a class act.

First Published: Jan 05, 2007 16:15 IST