Paes denies ''regret'' comments

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New Delhi, Apr 11 (UNI) Denying reports of his alleged comments that his career was a victim of the doubles partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi, Indian Davis Cup captain Leander Paes today said,''I cherish every moment that I have played with him and have no regrets about it.'' Talking to mediapersons here after Rohan Bopanna and Prakash Amritraj posted wins in their respective singles matches against Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda, Paes dismissed reports quoting him as saying that his single's career was adversely affected because he was keen to play doubles' matches with his long time partner Bhupathi.

''I have myself not seen that interview but I have heard about it. I can now say very sincerely that I have been misquoted.

''I can never regret playing with him, I reached the highest rankings in my doubles career when we both were playing together,'' Paes said.

He also added that what he meant to say was, ''I regret having slowed down playing singles so as to continue my career in doubles which was sensationalised.'' The 34-year-old claimed that he has already had a word with Bhupathi and the team has now put the past squabbles behind them.

''We wouldn't have won today had there been bad blood in the team. I respect Mahesh and have already cleared the whole issue with him,'' he added.

Meanwhile, Paes was all praise for Bopanna and Prakash both of whom played marathon five sets to give India to a 2-0 lead on the opening day of the Davis Cup tie against Japan.

''They have played fantastic tennis today as they came out and fought hard. Chips were down for them but they managed to make a come back.

''In these conditions I feel all the four players played some exceptional tennis and it needs great strength and skills to come at the top. Rohan and Prakash have made me proud today,'' Paes concluded.

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