Viktor Durasovic is a 24 year old Norwegian player of Serbian origin, currently ranked No.351, who will be making his ATP Tour debut at this tournament, having up till now primarily performed on the ITF circuit, winning 8 titles and being runner-up on 6 other occasions. His one Challenger final came in Portoroz, Slovenia, in 2019 where he was defeated 7-5, 6-3 by Aljaz Bedene. His only previous attempt to qualify for an ATP tournament, which was in Bastad in July, failed when he lost in straight sets to the then world No.122 Denis Novak. In the qualifying here he defeated former world No.43 Teymuraz Gabashvili in three sets. Playing in the Davis Cup, Durasovic has a W/L record of 9–9 in singles and 4–5 in doubles, his one notable success coming at the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in January 2020 where, partnering Casper Ruud, he helped Norway to a shock 2-1 victory over the US by defeating Austin Krajicek/Rajeev Ram 4-6, 6-4, 10-5.
As for Andy, he's taken Jo Konta's former coach Esteban Carril on board as part of his team for this tournament for what has been described "as a week's trial basis". Carril, who helped Jo rise from outside the top 100 to inside the top 10, has just completed a successful two year stint coaching Katie Swan. He also had a recent brief trial period with Emma Raducanu who is hoping to find a coach before the Australian Open but, for whatever reason, it didn't work out. The match is scheduled for Tuesday not before 5 pm GMT
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