Bopanna counts on Cuevas' experience in Slams

A runner-up in 2010 US Open is Rohan Bopanna's best finish in Grand Slams. Bopanna believes his partnership with Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas will help him have a fruitful 2017.


Rohan Bopanna blamed the constant changing of partners for a poor 2016.   -  M. Prabhu

Rohan Bopanna, who will be teaming up with Pablo Cuevas, for the new season has set his eyes on winning an elusive Grand Slam in the coming year.

"I have reached the stage where the Grand Slams are the most important. That’s where I want to peak and play my best tennis. My dream is to win a Grand Slam and I wanted to get somebody who has won a Grand Slam so hopefully that will make a difference," said he.

Talking about his Cuevas, Bopanna said "I have known him for a long time and have played against him. I like his game, he’s a solid player who serves and stays back. He has won Grand Slams before so hopefully we can do well in 2017."

The 31-year-old blamed the constant changing of partners for a poor 2016, "It happens. We had a good first half. Then we were changing partners which was difficult. That was one of the main reasons why the year was difficult."

The doubles specialist was all praise for India’s new Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi, saying it will be fantastic to play under him. "All the players have played with him or he has seen them make the debuts for the country. Players are really comfortable with him. It is a huge bonus to play under him. He retired recently, so he knows the weakness and advantages of most of the players on the tour which will be quite useful."

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