Casper Ruud explains why he may feel pressure at ATP Cup

World No. 8 Casper Ruud is looking forward to starting his 2022 season at the ATP Cup. 

Norway will be battling Spain, Serbia and Chile in the ATP Cup group stage and they will need their top-ranked player Ruud to be at his best. 

“I have three good matches to start the year, so I’m just happy to get to play some matches again,” Ruud said in Norway’s pre-tournament press conference. “Hopefully I can bring some wins for the team. I’m not going to think too much about the pressure, but I’m coming here a better player than two years ago, so I will maybe feel some pressure.”

Ruud represented Norway at the inaugural ATP Cup and won two matches as he beat John Isner and Fabio Fognini. 

“We were underdogs in every match we played,” Ruud said. “I was able to get two good wins in Perth, which was kind of the beginning of a good year for me.”

Ruud, Viktor Durasovic to lead Norway 

World No. 345 Durasovic made his ATP Cup debut in 2020 but didn’t impress as he lost each of his three matches played. 

“[It was] definitely a lot of fun, even though it was hard to enjoy to the max, because of obviously experiencing something new,” Durasovic added. “But I had few experiences like that [at the time], so I’m hoping that those experiences can prepare me a little better this time for the challenges ahead.”

Ruud’s father, Christian, is the team captain for Norway. 

“I think we look very much forward to coming here again and playing for the second time,” captain Ruud said. “Of course we play a strong team in the first round, but I think all the players on the Norwegian team have developed. I think we are coming here with also positive energy and I believe we can win more matches this year also.”

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