Spain maintained a perfect record at the ATP Cup – even without Rafael Nadal – as Casper Ruud failed to fire for Norway,

The Vikings were knocked out by the Armada in the group stage of the 16-nation team event in Sydney with back-to-back singles shutdowns, leaving Spain in the driving seat for further success.

No. 19 Bautista Agut never faced a break point as he clinched an untouchable 2-0 lead for the Spaniards through a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Top 10 Ruud.

He followed up on the 6-3, 6-3 leading margin established by Pablo Carreno Busta, who defeated Viktor Durasovic.

“Casper is playing unbelievable tennis, (with an) unbelievable performance last year,” Bautista Agut said.

“Today I played very well; I returned well, I made very few unforced errors and I played aggressively.”

The Spaniard won his ninth match in the competition from 11 played over three editions.

“I feel happy. I like playing in Australia. I think I play some of my best tennis here every year,” the Spanish winner said. “It was not easy to manage the finish of 2021. It’s a good start and I feel very good.”

Spain will aim for a perfect 3-0 finish in group play with a match against Serbia on Wednesday.

Main Photo:- Roberto Bautista Agut never faced a break point during win over Casper Ruud – by Pete Staples ATP Tour

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