New Delhi :Indian pro Leander Paes is one of the greatest stars in copies and one of the best players ever, said fourteen-time Grand Slam champ Rafael Nadal, who drove Spain to the Davis Cup World Group by winning the duplicates match here.
"He (Leander) played an awesome match. It was so astonishing today, it is a delight to play him here in his nation. He is one of the greatest stars of copies and one of the best player ever," said Nadal after he, alongside Marc Lopez, drove Spain again into Davis Cup World Group by beating Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in the pairs coordinate the previous evening.
"Along these lines, it was extraordinary to contend with him (Leander), it was an extreme match. They played well yet we are glad to have the triumph and return to the world gathering, that is the place we think we must be with so large portions of our players being in the main 100. That is what was our objective and we did it. For us it was a critical encounter following two years being far from the World Group."
The Spanish combine, the Olympic champions, were a set and 5-4 down in the second set when they arranged a fightback to in the long run give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in the play-off.
Nadal cleared up that it was in fact a stomach bug that constrained him to avoid the opening singles match against Ramkumar Ramanathan on Friday.
"It was not the wrist. Everyone knows my circumstance I have dependably spoken the truth about it. My wrist is enhancing yet despite everything it disturbs me a tad bit. Be that as it may, I am content with the advancement. There is a great deal of stickiness here and after practice, I ate at lodging and I felt I was not feeling flawless to go on court. Feli (Feliciano Lopez) was in impeccable condition to go to court so he played," said Nadal.
Inquired as to whether they were sure of ricocheting back in the wake of losing the primary set in the duplicates match, Nadal said: "We played point by point, there's nothing more to it. When you lost a set at 5-3 that implies you are stuck in an unfortunate situation. However, in the meantime the match is still long, we battled a considerable measure and put a ton of balls in and we knew whether we could build the level we can win."
"We were imparting all the time however the ball was not heading off to the opportune place constantly the time. In Davis Cup pairs there is dependably a considerable measure of high points and low points and it was a common copies match. It was an extraordinary triumph. It was essential for us to win copies on the grounds that in the historical backdrop of Spanish group it has been hard to win pairs.