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 said. 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.

Yuki Bhambri to play opener against Tomas Berdych in Australian Open

"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.
     
Before the match, Yuki had said that playing against a top player like Berdych will help him assess his game. Asked what was his evaluation, Yuki sounded confident.
     
"I feel that I am not really that far and there is not that big a difference between players. It's more about consistently performing the whole year," he said.
     
Yuki succeeded in breaking the top-100 barrier in the 2015 season and he was confident of getting better results in the new season.

 

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