Commenting on Somdev Devvarman's comment that the tie could hinge on doubles outcome, Paes, who will partner with Rohan Bopanna, said he was ready to take the pressure.
"The tie will be intriguing. Saw in the morning that Somdev said that the tie hinges on the doubles. I will always take the pressure, but there are four singles and one doubles," he said.
"Check the stats. I think I have played with nine generations of Indians. Played with Zeeshan (Ali) in my first tie, in February 1990. Playing under Anand (Amritraj) is great fun. He is very relaxed. No matter what, good advice. Very peaceful man," said Paes, a veteran of India's many a Davis Cup campaigns.
"Now, I am ready to take the pressure," he told reporters after the practice session at Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA) here.
Paes asked his double partner Bopanna to play aggressive tennis to give a good start to India.
"If Rohan plays soft and tries to just keep ball in play, the ball will go everywhere. Came out and saw him today, he asked me for a couple of tips. Rohan is a firepower player, that is his strength," he said.
"He (Bopanna) is like a bull, you let him run right through the opponents," said Paes whom Bopanna had refused to pair up for the 2012 London Olympics.
"For me, so many partners, I take different roles. With Mahesh (Bhupathi), I always led. With Radek, sometimes I lead, sometimes not. Here I feel that Rohan will lead, and I will be the solid one," he said, adding that he would be playing along with Bopanna for the third time.

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