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first_imgPaes said Somdev and Yuki were capable of winning against their Czech opponents. He said he followed the New Zealand tie and they did a great job there but reminded that conditions will be too tough in Delhi. “In sport, margins are very small. It could be just one shot, not one rally or a set. The conditions are going to be benefiting the team which is better mentally and physically,” he said. Talking about Radek Stepanek with whom he has won two Grand Slams, Paes said the doubles match against him will be very tough. “Radek is one of my dear friends. He is an athlete I have tremendous respect for. To welcome Radek to India is special to me. Quality of tennis on Saturday is going to be very high. He wil be coming out in full force to get scalp of me in my own country. I am going to be ready for that.” Paes said he was eyeing not only mens doubles but also mixed doubles at the Rio Olympic Games but more importantly he wants to stay fit and prepare well. “Preparations for Rio are going well, I won three Grand Slams on the trot, a bit short of winning all four and that would have been unbelievable year. Playing with Rohan in September showed we can produce results. Rio will be on hard courts, a surface both of us are very comfortable. I have already won one (Olympic medal) in singles and if I can add one more to that it would be fantastic,” said Paes. “More important is to get to Rio in 100 percent conditions. Everybody is talking about who will be playing but for me preparation is important,” he said. PTI AT PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more