INDONESIA Taufik Hidayat’s (pic) 28th birthday wish is to win his second world title in Hyderabad.
But if he failed, he will be cool about it.
Taufik, the 2004 Athens Olympic Games champion Taufik, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, said he is enjoying his life as a professional player although things has not been that smooth since he stepped out his house in Jakarta last week.
“I missed the flight on Friday but it was no fault of mine. The pilot told me that he had completed his 12-hour work and will not be flying. I had to stay overnight and take the next flight (on Saturday).”
Then, when he arrived in Hyderabad, the venue was abuzz with the alleged terrorist threat and now the A (H1N1) flu.
“All this are scary but being a player for so long, I have learnt not to let anything affect my concentration on court,” he said.
He said that he had not lost the fire for the game but admitted that he needed to be fitter.
Yesterday, he had to fend off some resistance from Christian Boesiger of Switzerland before winning 21-14, 21-14.
“I felt like I was in training. I took time to adjust to the draught in the court. I should get better,” he said.
The fourth seeded Taufik said that he was happy with one thing so far – his draw in the men’s singles.
He is in the bottom half with Chen Jin of China, Thailand’s Boonsak and South Korean Park Sung-hwan.
In the top half with world number one and top seed Lee Chong Wei are China’s Lin Dan, Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark and Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro.
“I am glad that I am not in the top half of the draw. I have a chance of going to the final but I may have to watch out for Chen Jin (in the semi-finals),” he said.
“But I have to agree that currently, Chong Wei and Lin Dan are the best player in the world. And they are probably meeting in the semi-finals. I have a chance to go far and hopefully, another world title will be my birthday gift,” he added.