Regardless of the presence of World No. 2 Casper Ruud, the hero for Noway’s dominance over India was the unfancied Viktor Durasovic along with his sensible singles and doubles sport within the Davis Cup World Group tie in Lillehammer.
Two-time Grand Slam finalist Ruud himself was all reward for Durasovic, his “finest buddy”, despite the fact that the 2 don’t play the identical tournaments.
“Viktor has performed a few of his finest matches in Davis Cup. It was among the best matches I’ve seen him play. Within the final Davis Cup tie we had misplaced the doubles. So, the aim was to win right this moment. Viktor was returning good, serving nice. He was the principle purpose for us successful the primary set, after which the third. We did not have any technique. We tried to be aggressive and play nicely,” stated the 23-year-old Ruud.
Durasovic made a telling assertion by emphasizing that the Norwegian pair performed the singles fashion within the doubles match, and reasoned that it maybe helped the staff win.
“We tried to maintain it easy, serve, return and follow the baseline until the chance offered itself. Not an excessive amount of poaching or ‘I-formation’. That can be the explanation we managed to tug off the match,” stated Durasovic, whilst he rightfully claimed credit score as a staff for changing the “massive second factors” within the third set.
‘Might have performed higher’
Yuki Bhambri conceded that the Indian pair didn’t “come out firing and enjoying sharp” for a staff that was 0-2 down.
Saketh stated that being a break down early within the third set made it exhausting for the Indian staff within the doubles. “We might have performed higher,” Saketh stated.
India captain Rohit Rajpal stated: “Durasovic performed out of his thoughts”, in each singles and doubles.
“Folks rise to the event in Davis Cup. Durasovic did. He performed higher than Casper right this moment in doubles. Ramkumar underperformed within the second singles. He had his possibilities. Doubles, they performed higher than us. They deserved to win,” stated Rajpal.
Sumit Nagal did execute a comfort win within the fourth rubber, after Durasovic stole the thunder and took the tie away in favor of Norway.