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‘Anything can happen in sport’ – Yuki Bhambri upbeat as India takes on Casper Ruud’s Norway at the Davis Cup

India No. 2 Prajnesh Gunneswaran will go head-to-head with Ruud in the opening match of the encounter

Following a thumping 4-0 home win over Denmark at the Davis Cup back in March, India’s next assignment is against Norway, led by US Open finalist and World No. 2 Casper Ruud.

Yuki Bhambri, member of India’s contingent in Norway, tells The Indian Express that even though the team has not devised any plans for Ruud, they are looking forward to the opportunity to take on one of the world’s best.

“It’s hard to develop a strategy for the World No. 2,” he said. “We’re going to try to put some pressure on him, he has just played the US Open final so he may not be 100%. It’s a day of tennis and both will have to perform. Anything can happen in sport.”

On Saturday, India will look towards the doubles team of Bhambri and Saketh Myneni in what could be the decisive matches. Against Denmark at the Gymkhana Club in Delhi, the doubles partnership of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan came in clutch, and with Bopanna out with injury, Bhambri and Myneni will be hoping to have a similar impact this week.

“The team is going to miss Rohan’s experience,” Bhambri said. “Apart from being a great doubles player, he has been a great servant of Indian tennis. His experience counts for a lot so we are definitely going to miss that. But hopefully, Saketh and I can get the job done here.”

“At this stage which India is playing on currently, the level is fairly similar to the events we have won,” he said. “We are fairly confident we should be able to get that point for India. That will be the mindset of anyone who steps on court. We all want to make the best of the opportunity and take Indian tennis forward.”

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