Casper Ruud and company failed to deliver during the Davis Cup weekend but still the world No. 8 is optimistic about Norway's Davis Cup future. Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world, was hoping to lead his team to a win over Kazakhstan in Oslo and help them secure a Davis Cup Finals ticket.
Unfortunately for Ruud and the local fans, Norway suffered a 3-1 defeat to Kazakhstan. “We’re a young team, we will try to develop and keep going,” Ruud said, per the Davis Cup website. “Just because we lost this match doesn’t mean we will stop fighting or trying.
It’s obviously disappointing because we were trying to reach a step we’ve never been to before. We will play another match, probably this fall, and see if we can come back and put ourselves in this position again next year.
That will be the goal now”.
Ruud beaten in a key match
Ruud gave Norway an early lead after he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening rubber of the tie. Alexander Bublik leveled the tie after he defeated Viktor Durasovic in the second rubber.
Kazakhstan took a 2-1 lead after Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov defeated Simen Sunde Bratholm and Durasovic. Ruud had a chance to force a fifth and deciding rubber but he suffered a 6-4 5-7 6-4 loss to Bublik. Norway failed to beat Kazakhstan but Norway team captain Anders Haseth thought they put up a good fight.
“I think we gave them a good fight, we were competing in all the matches,” Haseth said of this weekend’s ties, before continuing: “We have a very motivated team. Through all the years, our best players have been dedicated to Davis Cup.
Casper is following in those footsteps – like his father [Christian Ruud], who was also always playing Davis Cup. We have a good Davis Cup future ahead of us”.