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India-Italy Davis Cup tie promises interesting outcome: Corrado Barazzutti
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India-Italy Davis Cup tie promises interesting outcome: Corrado Barazzutti

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Kolkata, Jan 28: Barazzutti on Monday promised interesting plays ahead of them against host India in the Davis Cup Qualifiers to be held on grass courts in South Club here on February 1 and 2.

India's challenge will be led by Prajnesh Gunneswaran, World No 102, while Italy will be headed by World No 18 Marco Cecchinato and two others are inside to 60 in the world ranking.

Corrado Barazzutti said they have huge respect for Indian players, especially when play to be held on grass courts at South Club.

Explaining his ideas Corrado said " in Davis Cup, the ranking is only important for the draws on who plays first and who plays second. But everything changes once you step on the courts. No one are underdogs I think. It will be a tough match.,"

India opted to host Italy on grass courts, with an ideas that its players would do well on grass as the visitors are good on hard and clay courts. The winners of this play will qualify for the inaugural World Group Finals in Madrid to be held in November.

India's hope is depending on the forms of Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanthan in singles and Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan in doubles against Italy. India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has confidence on his singles' players Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanthan.

He said they were focusing on having three points to win the qualifiers. Therefore singles are as important as the doubles. Prajnesh and Ramkumar have had a good year in 2018 and experienced Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, after winning the Jakarta Asian Games gold medal and recently at the Pune ATP have good outing. (UNI)