World number two Kasper Rudd and Viktor Durasovic thrashed India 0-3 to Norway in a doubles match in the Davis Cup World Group I match on Saturday. The Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni lost 3-6, 6-3, 3-6. After losing both singles on the first day, the Yuki-Saket pair fought before losing to the Norwegian pair in an hour and 50 minutes.
On the first day, both Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost their respective singles matches by equal margins of 1-6 4-6 to Durasovic and Rood respectively.
While French Open and US Open finalist Rudd is a cut above the rest, the Indian couldn’t even beat Durasovic, who has a ranking of less than 325 in singles and 224 in the doubles list.
On the other hand, Rudd doesn’t even play doubles on the circuit. However, as was often the case, the powerful singles player had an advantage over the specialist doubles players.
The Norwegian pair needed a break point each in the first and third sets.
The Yuki-Saket pair had some success at the Challenger level, where they reached a few finals, but at a level that is a few notches higher, both failed to keep India afloat despite having a better understanding on paper than the pair. are. of Rudd and Durasovic.
With Norway taking an unassailable 3–0 lead, two reverse singles would not be played.
The Indian team was looking at a massive defeat after taking a 0-2 lead over the hosts following Ramkumar’s loss to Durasovic in the second singles on Friday evening.
India’s number one singles player Ramkumar did not live up to the expectations as he suffered a 1-6, 4-6 loss to his lower-order rival Durasovic in an hour and 16 minutes.
After losing to world No. 2 and US Open runner-up Rood in the expected result in Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s first singles, Ramkumar had the responsibility to level India by winning the second match.
But this was not to happen as Ramkumar, ranked 276th in the world, proved to be no match for 325th-ranked Durasovic, who broke the Indian’s serve three times and went 12 aces down compared to three by his opponent on the Hackens Hall hard court. Send. internal facility.
Durasovic dropped five aces in the first set while Ramkumar’s serve was broken twice. In the first set, Ramkumar managed to level his first serve at 1-1, but after that it was Dursovic all the way. Ramkumar also had two double faults which made things worse for him as Durasovic took the first set with ease.
Ramkumar tried to make a comeback in the second set but failed to catch his second service game to give Durasovic a 2-1 lead. The Indians failed to break Durasovic’s serve as the Norwegian scored seven aces. Leading 5–4, Durasovic blocked his serve to end the match.
Earlier on Friday, Rood did a great job for Prajnesh in the first single.
Rudd, who finished runner-up at the US Open after losing to Carlos Alcaraz on Monday, returned to national duty four days later and worked for his team. He defeated the 335-ranked Indian 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and two minutes.
After being completely dismissed in the first set, Prajnesh raised his game in the second set to make Rood’s task more difficult. While the Indian failed to score a break point, his more skilled opponent converted three of the five chances he got.
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