Malaysia's men's singles coach Hendrawan has urged Lee Chong Wei to stop thinking about a potential match-up with Chinese shuttler Lin Dan.
Dan beat Chong Wei 21-17, 21-10 in the second round of the Japan Open in September and the duo could meet in the semi-finals of the upcoming China Open Super Series.
But, Hendrawan believes that Chong Wei should focus on the first few stages of the tournament before thinking about a rematch with his great rival.
The world number nine will face Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in the first round, and should he navigate through his opening encounter, he could come up against world number seven Chou Tien Chen in the second round and then world number two Jan O Jorgensen in the quarter-finals.
“In any tournament, we can never underestimate other players,” Hendrawan told reporters. “Prior to this, he’s lost to unseeded players, so it’s crucial for him to take one match at a time.
“There are still a lot of things we need to work on, it’s all up to him. What’s important is that he remains focused and patient. He will eventually be rewarded.”
Chong Wei, who recently ended his run of bad form by triumphing at the French Open, is currently ranked ninth in the world, but could break into the top four on the world rankings should he put in strong showings at the China Open and the Macau Open.