Former world No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut praised rising star Casper Ruud after beating the Norwegian at the ATP Cup.
Bautista Agut, now ranked at No. 19 in the world, beat Ruud 6-4 7-6 (4) to secure victory for Spain over Norway at the ATP Cup.
“Casper is playing unbelievable tennis, [he did] an unbelievable performance last year, and today I played very good,” Bautista Agut said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I returned very well, I made very few unforced errors and I played aggressively. I try to play matches like this and that is why I am practising hard and I am trying to show this level.”
Spain now has two wins at the ATP Cup.
“I feel happy. I like playing in Australia. I think I play some of my best tennis here every year,” Bautista Agut said. “It was not easy to manage the finish of 2021. It’s a good start and I feel very good.”
Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta deliver
In the opening match of the tie, Carreno Busta saw off Viktor Durasovic 6-3 6-3.
“It’s always important to win the first match. Today I felt more and more comfortable than the first day. It’s normal. We need to get the rhythm, we need to get the confidence,” Carreno Busta said in his on-court interview. “But today, I felt better and better. At the beginning maybe he missed too much, but after that he started to play really, really good and it was a close match.”
Carreno Busta beat Alejandro Tabilo in straight sets in his ATP Cup opener but it wasn’t easy.
He was glad he performed better against Durasovic.
“All the people here play really good. It’s never easy to win these kind of matches,” Carreno Busta said. “Happy for the level, because it was better than the first day.”