Punjab Marshalls captain Greg Rusedski said that the singles players of the Delhi Dreams proved too good for them as they lost the CTL-opener by a six-game margin, here today.
The hosts won all three singles matches and ended up winning 25 games in five matches while Punjab could only manage to win 19. Rusedeski, former British number one and world number four, said had he played a close match, things could have been different.
“Unfortunately, Ferrero was too good for me. I put my team behind but the (doubles) players really fought well (to come back). Kevin was again too good. He showed why he is number 16 in the world,” Rusedski told reporters after the tie.
Rusedski arrived in Delhi only a few hours before the tie began. Asked it it was a reason for his sluggish performance, he replied in a negative.
“The courts were slow and (ball) heavy. But I don’t want to take anything away from Ferrero,” Rusedski. The 41-year old Briton has beaten the Spaniard in all three previous meetings when they were active players.
Asked about those days and the difference in today’s match, Ferrero said, “We have played each other so often in the past and it was fun to play him again. It was a great experience.”
Both Rusedski and Ferrero, former world number one from Spain, said CTL has an exciting format.
“Every game counts in this format,” Ferrero said.
Rusedski the players are bound to be competitive since here not an individual but a team wins or loses.