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Rastogi all set for Davis Cup tie

Feb 02, 2007 09:23 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Karan Rastogi has been named in the Indian Davis Cup team that will take on Uzbekistan at Namangan from February 9-11.

A mass pull-out gave Rastogi the chance to make his Davis Cup debut. Interestingly, he will trade shots with the Uzbeks as India's No 1.

Expectedly Rastogi was very excited on getting the call to represent the country.

"Yeah I am looking good. I have been played well in the last few months. I have not played in the last tournament. But I am winning the matches and I am very excited and can't wait," Rastogi said.

Even though tennis is a team game, Rastogi's performance will be watched keenly.

It would be unfair to call him a greenhorn as he had played his heart out against Rafael Nadal in the Chennai Open recently.

And though he lost, there were indications of the talent and grit that will be seriously tested against Uzbekistan.

"I have played a couple of them and beaten them. I have been to Uzbekistan a couple of times. So I have the experience but this will be my Davis Cup debut and it will be a different ball game. The crowds and other factors come into play. So it is going to be exciting. I am looking forward to doing well in Uzbekistan," Rastogi said.

Patriotism looks very captivating when it comes to a tearful Leander Paes winning matches for India.

But it will be a tough ask for him this time.

Mahesh Bhupathi has pulled out after the spat during the Doha Asian Games while Rohan Bopanna has opted to play in an ATP event while Prakash Amritraj has been left out on medical grounds.

"Obviously we would have liked to have Rohan and everyone else in the team as well. But we have been given a team and we are going there to win. We don't think about all that on the court and try and do our job as good as we can," Rastogi said.