Yuki, who got a direct entry into the event thanks to his presence in the ATP's top-100, has been drawn against world number six Tomas Berdych for his tournament opener. Last year he had qualified and was pitted against Andy Murray.
"It's a terrible draw, playing another top-10 player again. But it should be a good match and some good experience and I will see where I stand," Yuki said.
In his match against Murray, Yuki had played out of his skin and fearlessly to give the Wimbledon champion a very good fight in a tight three-setter.
Murray had said Yuki made it tricky for him and predicted that he could be inside top-100 by the end of 2015. The Indian did exactly that in October when he made semifinals at the USD 1,25,000 Tashkent Challenger.
Yuki has matured as a player in the last few months and has nothing to lose against a top player. He can go all out and play freely since there won't be any pressure of expectations. He will be the underdog.

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