Durasovic/Ruud Complete Comeback For Norway
Bulgaria edges marathon against Great Britain
After saving two match points against John Isner to force a winner-takes-all doubles match at the ATP Cup, Casper Ruud combined with Viktor Durasovic to earn a 2-1 win for Team Norway against Team United States on Friday.
The Norwegian duo recovered from a set down in Perth to beat Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 and move to 1-0 in Group D. Ruud and Durasovic won 78 per cent of service points (45/58) throughout the encounter to claim the win after 76 minutes.
“I think I made a great effort today,” said Ruud. “We were one point away from losing the tie, and even if I’d lost [against Isner] 7-6, 7-6, I wouldn’t have thought I’d done a lot wrong. We tried to play aggressively in the doubles, against two good doubles players, but we’re good singles players and tried to win our way, not coming to the net a lot. We’re very happy to beat Team United States”.
Team Bulgaria also recovered from two match points down en route to a 2-1 victory in its opening tie against Team Great Britain. Grigor Dimitrov and Alexandar Lazarov claimed four consecutive points from 7/9 down in the Match Tie-break to stun Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 11-9. The tie, which featured deciding sets in each of its three matches, ended at 2:46am local time.
“I was just telling them, ‘Guys, this easily can be a historical moment for us. Just do it to remember.’ I don’t know if in the history, per se, but I think it means a lot for the whole team,” Dimitrov said. “That’s why we’re here. That’s why we play. I think this event has been a great start for us, great start of the year, great start of the event. But all I can say is I’m just really proud of the boys.”
After winning their singles matches, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov earned a third victory for Canada against Greece at Pat Rafter Arena. The #NextGenATP stars dropped just two points behind their first serves (24/26) to beat Michail Pervolarakis and Petros Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-3.
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Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev were both on double duty for Team Russia in Perth. After Khachanov defeated Stefano Travaglia and Medvedev overcame Fabio Fognini in singles action, the Russian stars combined to beat Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-3.
Belgium secured its own 3-0 victory with doubles success as Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen edged Radu Albot and Alexander Cozbinov 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 11-9. Gille and Vliegen, who lifted three ATP Tour titles together in 2019, entered the contest with victory confirmed for Belgium after Steve Darcis and David Goffin’s singles victories.
There was also a home win for Team Australia’s Chris Guccione and John Peers. The doubles pairing added to the singles triumphs of Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios to complete the 3-0 sweep for the home nation, defeating Nitto ATP Finals qualifiers Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz 6-3, 6-4.