Felix Auger-Aliassime spoils the return of New World number one Carlos Alcaraz, equals Canada with Spain in Davis Cup

Barcelona, ​​Spain — Felix Auger Eliassim Ruined homecoming Carlos Alcaraz After a fight he returned to beat the world’s newest player ranked 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to draw with Canada with Spain 1-1 in the Davis Cup on Friday.

The Spaniards flocked to Valencia to watch 19-year-old Alcaraz in his first game since winning the US Open last week.

Instead, they witnessed their new idol surrender to the gorgeous Auger Eliassim, who endured the party crowd and hoped the match would make his way after the Alcars dug deep to seal the first set tiebreak.

Alcaraz said: “Felix is ​​a beast. Physically and mentally, Felix is ​​one of the best players in the world. I was there, fighting, but I couldn’t show my best self. She walked away from me in the details.

He added, “I did not come in good physical shape. It was a very difficult day, but I have to congratulate him because he played a great match.”

When the wing was roaring for Alcaraz, Auger-Aliassime responded coldly by surgically placing shot after shot exactly where he wanted it. He controlled his serve with 16 aces and eventually broke Alcaraz in the second set and twice in the third.

“He’s the No. 1 in the world and he is very credited for that, but today I think I was a little bit better in the third set. I wouldn’t let it happen. My team takes down my fighting spirit,” said 13th seed Auger-Aliassime.

Roberto Bautista gave Spain the first point after they fought back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Vasek Pospisilwho needed medical treatment on his upper left thigh. The team tie will be decided in the doubles.

Bautista helped Spain beat Serbia 3-0 on Wednesday while Alcaraz rested on his return from New York as he won his first Grand Slam on Sunday after a grueling streak that included three straight five-set wins.

Before the tie, Alcaraz was busy signing autographs and taking photos after practice. It received the biggest applause when Team Spain was introduced and was presented as “New World No. 1”.

After the match, he focused not on the loss, but on the joy he got from coming home.

Alcaraz said: “I wanted to come back to Spain, I mean to share this moment to be #1 and be the US Open champion with all my people. Family and friends are here with my team.”

After Spanish fans had to stay up practically all night to watch his US Open matches due to the time difference, it was the first opportunity many of his supporters had to watch him play at home since May when he won the Madrid Open. The Caraz won Rafael NadalAnd the Novak Djokovic And the Alexander Zverev In the capital, in what many considered Nadal transferred the torch to his Spanish successor.

Red and yellow flags were draped on the balustrade in the pavilion, including one named after Alcaraz’s home region, Murcia, drawn in large black letters. Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast, about two and a half hours north of El Palmar, the birthplace of Alcaraz, and has a population of 24,000.

Another Spanish flag bears the message in Spanish, “Carlitos, will you give me your shirt?”

Alcaraz had only one previous encounter with Auger-Alessem, in the 2021 US Open quarter-finals when the Spaniard was forced to retire due to injury.

While Alcaraz arrived after two weeks of tiredness in the United States, Auger-Aliassime played singles and doubles on Tuesday to help Canada beat South Korea in their Davis Cup opener.

Unable to touch Auger-Aliassime’s serve, Alcaraz summoned more cheers from the stands, which included his parents. He pumped his fist towards Captain Sergi Brugueira and his personal trainer Juan Carlos Ferrero After the hard-earned points. He talked to himself trying to find answers.

That proved enough for Alcaraz to knock out the tiebreak in the first set after surprise Auger-Aliassime errors.

But Auger-Aliassime did not lose the lead. Captain Canada Frank Dancivic He jumped from his courtside seat to cheer when Auger-Aliassime finally broke Alcaraz late in the second set. The Canadian poured it on him.

The Kars finally managed to get four break points while leading 1-2 in the third but Auger-Aliassime saved them all and fired consecutive aces to keep serve.

And when the karaz hit long to concede a second service game, I heard a woman’s scream above groans.

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