Chennai: World No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on Tuesday said that his is not thinking too far ahead and wants to take it match by match to realise his hopes of claiming his second Chennai Open title.
"Dudi Sela, I play him tomorrow", indicating that he would take it match by match.
"It is like yesterday when you come back to a venue after a long interval," the 2008 singles champion said about his return to Chennai.
"Like Stuttgart in 1995 where I won my first ATP Tour title, it's nice to come back to Chennai with happy memories of the 2008 final here".
"You have nice memories of such places when you come back", the Russian, known for his one-handed backhand, said.
On whether one-handed backhand was a dying shot in tennis these days, the 31-year-old said: "Now it is 50-50 with some players switching to double fisted backhand but I don't think the one-handed backhand will die."
On former ace Stephan Edberg coaching players, Youzhny, a great fan of Edberg, recalled his stint as one of the ball boys during a Davis Cup final.
"It was a great experience watching legends like Pete Sampras then, and see how they play," he added.