Fayziev: Heart arrhythmia caused problems on court

The Uzbekistan player admitted he struggled on the court in his match against Prajnesh Gunneswaran due to the medical condition.

Uzbekistan's Sanjar Fayziev in action against Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Friday.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Uzbekistan Davis Cupper Sanjar Fayziev revealed that he suffers from heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). At one stage, during the third set of his match against Prajnesh Gunneswaran, he clutched his chest and looked uncomfortable.

“I suffer from heart arrhythmia. It is a pre-existing condition. Today, I had difficulty breathing and felt some pain in my chest. The condition does not bother me too often during matches. This is probably the second or third time that this is happening. I love tennis, so I fight through this bad thing and play despite the pain. But now, I think I will have to pay more attention to this condition,” a thoroughly dejected Fayziev said.

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India’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi was all praise for Gunneswaran, who sparkled in his victory. “Two months ago, when I was appointed as non-playing captain, I called Prajnesh and told him that I wanted him to play the singles rubber on the first day of this tie. Today, he has made me really proud. It was high quality stuff. He has a big game, with two big weapons - a big serve, and a big forehand. It is not everyday that you find an Indian player with two weapons,” Bhupathi said.

A pleased Gunneswaran said, “Ahead of the match, I was nervous. I tried to approach it like a regular match, and it seemed to work. When the match began, the nerves went away and I settled in quickly. I was surprised. I served well, and my forehand worked.”

Ramkumar Ramanathan, on the other hand, faced a few hiccups on his way to victory. “Honestly, we expected some drama from Ramkumar. He hadn’t won many matches leading up to this, so his confidence was very low. But one good thing is that he is a scrapper and a grinder. He found a way to win, and that’s his strength,” Bhupathi said.