CHEN Long, touted as China's future world champion, ironically looks up to World No 1 Lee Chong Wei as motivator.
The 24-year-old admitted yesterday he is grateful to Chong Wei for his success, despite having beaten the Malaysian several times.
Chong Wei's winning attitude has been long-admired by Chen Long before the latter became an established shuttler in China.
"I admire Chong Wei's attitude on court. He does not fear his opponents. I adopted his philosophy and have become more confident on court," said Chen Long, the World No 2, at Putra Stadium yesterday.
"As a player, I still have a lot to learn from others. Chong Wei is mentally strong and this is the one thing I must do to become a good shuttler."
Chen Long is making his second appearance in the Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur following his debut two years ago in Qingdao, where hosts China won their eighth title. But he was only a reserve then and did not play a match.