Norway gave the surprise in the first tie of the Group D. It didn't start favorite against the United States, but Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic completed a 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 victory over Americans Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram, winners of one ATP Tour team title at the 2018 VTB Kremlin Cup.
“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.
Whenever you play a tie-break, but especially against a big-server like John, you have to concentrate and try not to let points slip away. 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 Norway captain Christian Ruud talked about the tie: “It’s been a great day, of course. Viktor had a difficult opponent, in Taylor Fritz, but Viktor’s been playing well in practice.
With John, everyone knows it’s difficult especially in tie-breaks. Casper was returning well and putting Isner under pressure, so I think it was one of Casper’s best match wins. Viktor and Casper have played together a lot in doubles, but I encouraged them to give energy and make them play one extra point. They managed to do it”.