“We are going to listen to Bopanna – he has been guiding us as much as he can” – Ramkumar Ramanathan

After a valiant effort, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost a close match with a scoreline of 46 57 to Emil Ruusuvuori to end day 2 with a scoreline of 0-2 in favour of Finland.

ITD caught up with Ramkumar Ramanathan to get his thoughts

Thoughts on the match

It was a very close match – I played my heart out and tried to stay as close to him as possible.

There were a few chances for me with 5-5 30-30 and then also in the 6-5 game, I was a bit unlucky with my serves as they missed narrowly which costed me the set and the match.

Overall – we all came in early, practiced a lot, tried to prepare as good as we can on this indoor surface, we have also been playing a lot of tournaments – I gave it my best but could not get the win for the team.

In 2018 – India came back from 0-2 down against China to defeat them with 3 wins on the second day. Any inspiration you can take from that tie.

We are going to give it our best. It is Davis Cup – rankings do not matter beyond a point. We have Bopanna who is really experienced. He has been guiding us as much as he can – both on and off the court. We have the added support from administrators like Anil Dhupar and Sunder Iyer Sir.

Going back to the China match – We had a really tough first day but I remember very well on how we fought back on the second day. Myself and Praj played amazing matches. Things can change – it is possible, there is always a chance.

We are going to listen to Bopanna, he has the experience. We are going to sit down tonight, talk through, find a way to win.

Photos from the match – Courtesy Finland Tennis Association

Indian based in the Alps region. Works for an IT firm during the weekdays und auch lernt Deutsch. On the weekends, he can be traced somewhere in the Mountains or on backpacker trips. Is a Social Worker / Activist with a deeper interest for Indian / Swiss tennis from the past year.

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