After Norway took the straight lead on Day 1, they were almost mandated to get to the Qualifiers of 2023 on the second day of the Davis Cup tie in Lillehammer. India had to come back with a doubles rubber victory on that 17th September 2022, followed by two straight singles victories. The really bad message about that: one of these victories would very likely require to beat ATP Singles #2. Only die-hard Indian fans or people who manipulate sports were thus likely tempted to put money of the guest team before these Saturday matches.
|Sa 14:00||Casper Ruud /
|Yuku Bhambri /
|6-3 3-6 6-3|
|thereafter||Lukas Hellum-Lilleengen||Sumit Nagal||2-6 1-6|
This posting comes with an overall of 390 major size pictures in a dedicated picture gallery for this Davis Cup tie. Also see links below.
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The match reports are taken 1:1 from my coverage there and might thus be biased towards the Indian team.
Doubles: Casper Ruud / Viktor Durasovic – Yuki Bhambri / Saketh Myneni 6-3 3-6 6-3
The doubles clash was definitely the highlight of the tie so far. In the first set, Viktor Durosevic was straight en route to become the hero of the tie. His serve felt unbreakable in the first turn, while Casper Ruud felt to struggle much more with the (for him) less familiar wider court. While the Indian team could break the Norwegian star player in the third game of the set, they faced two breaks in the first set, in the second and in the sixth game of the set, both with Saketh serving. Norway felt to have some trouble in the beginning, but finally, they controlled the set, smarty understanding to limit the Indian strength on the net. Yuki and Saketh also faced some accuracy issues, especially towards the end of the first and the beginning of the second set.
Luckily for our team, Durasovic could not keep up with his impressive dominance in the second set. The sixth game was finally the decisive part of the set, when India could convert a triple break point against his serve. This time, two Yuki Bhambri serving games could have let to happiness in Hakons Hall, which was even more crowded than on Day 1. But India did the crucial points now and especially the seventh game of the second set gave confidence to our guys, who tied the score to 6-3 3-6 from a Norwegian poiint of view.
The third set of the match has been a really variable doubles match, in which the Norwegians stroke again. The hosts broke Yuki’s serve in the fourth game of the match. Most of the other games in the third set were rather straight – the best chance for India to calm down the home crowd was in the seventh game against Casper Ruud’s serve very likely, but our team could not go for any break point there. Finally, the doubles teams cruised the match home – which meant that Norway deservedly qualified for the 2023 Qualifiers in March 2023.
3rd Singles: Lukas Hellum-Lilleengen – Sumit Nagal 2-6 1-6
Dead rubber time after three matches only – likely not what the Indian team had hoped for. Sumit Nagal and Lukas Hellum Lilleengen were selected for this final match of the tie. Sumit had a much tougher time than the score might suggest. Especially in the second set, Lilleengen gave a great fight in which both players acted rather nervous, compared that it was a no pressure situation. India had first match points at 5-0 in the second set, but finally needed to wait for Nagal’s serve to finally at least with the dead rubber.
Norway vs. India Davis Cup 2022 – Galleries
All Flyctory.com pictures from Lillehammer will be gathered in a dedicated gallery group in the sports galleries. I will add links here once I started to put (match and practice) pictures to galleries:
- Singles #1: Casper Ruud – Prajnesh Gunneswaran
- Singles #2: Viktor Durasovic – Ramkumar Ramanathan
- Doubles: Ruud/Durasovic – Bhambri/Myneni
- Singles #3: Lukas Hellum-Lilleengen – Sumit Nagal
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