Yuki Bhambri laments that he could not play to his true potential against world number six Tomas Berdych but his first round outing at the Australian Open has made him realise that he is not too far from the top lot in world tennis.
Bhambri hit some stunning winners in his duel with Berdych but fizzled out after a tight first set. The 23-year- old made a lot of unforced errors to make it easy for his superior Czech Republic opponent.
Was he trying too hard, going for those extravagant aggressive shots, which he could not rein in?
“You always try hard but that was not the real reason for errors. But I wasn’t at all close to my potential,” Yuki told PTI from Melbourne.
Yuki felt that going straight into the tournament without a competitive match under his belt, following an injury lay- off, was a factor in his defeat.
“I fought a lot for my points but I wasn’t completely at ease. I knew it would be a bit difficult as this was only the 10th day when I have held a racket after two months. And facing a top player on top of that was always going to be a bit difficult,” he said.