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7 Jan, 2020 10:17

'Nice and tidy': Russia beat Norway to advance to ATP Cup quarterfinals

'Nice and tidy': Russia beat Norway to advance to ATP Cup quarterfinals

Russian tennis players put on a superb display at the ATP Cup group stage, breezing through all of their matches and reaching the knockout phase of the newly-introduced tournament.

On Tuesday, the Russian squad sealed their third straight victory, beating Norway in the singles and doubles events.

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The team’s pace was set by Karen Khachanov, who had no trouble with Viktor Durasovic, defeating him with a crushing score of 6-2, 6-1.

World number five Daniil Medvedev extended Russia’s lead with a dominant performance against Casper Ruud, 6-3, 7-6.

Teymuraz Gabashvili and Konstantin Kravchuk cemented the team’s victory, beating Durasovic and Ruud in two sets 7-6, 6-4.

Earlier, the Russian squad, which is captained by two-time Grand Slam winner Marat Safin, defeated Teams Italy (3-0) and USA (2-1).

In the quarterfinals, Russia will face the winner of group E, which includes Argentina, Poland, Croatia, and Austria.

The inaugural tournament, with $15mn in prize money, will conclude on Sunday.