India's K. Srikanth has revealed his recent run of excellent form was inspired by his victory over China's Lin Dan in the 2014 China Open.
Srikanth has been working hard in recent months and it has paid off as he has risen to number six in the world rankings.
He revealed that defeating Dan, considered by many to be the best badminton player in the world, has given him greater confidence when he plays against the biggest names in the game.
Srikanth said: "There is really no secret to what I am doing on the court. I have been working hard with my coach for the past few months and now this work is being seen with the results.
"For the time-being that win [against Lin] will be the biggest of my career. But what it taught me is even greater as I realised the importance of playing against the big stars and coming out of it. And here, if I can play my best, I know I can go a long way."
The 21-year-old has progressed to the semi-finals of the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals despite a defeat by Jan O. Jorgenson from Denmark.
He added: "I come here with a lot of form. Over the past few months I have learnt to concentrate on the important aspects of keeping my mind alert and sharp and ensure I put everything inside the court. Mentally I have trust in what I'm doing out there and that gives me a lot of confidence.
"The plan now is to take one match at a time and I need to give my best to see if the results will continue. I am mentally prepared and if I can play my best then I think I have a good chance. I am enjoying my badminton and with the crowd behind me it looks like I am playing in India."