Spain beat Serbia in the opening match of the Davis Cup finals despite the absence of top seed Carlos Alcaraz

number Carlos AlcarazNo problem in Spain.

In front of a party crowd in Valencia, Spain qualified for a 3-0 win over Serbia in the Davis Cup finals on Wednesday to move to the top of their group.

Top-ranked Alcaraz had arrived in Valencia the day before but skipped the opening round, which took place just three days after the young Spaniard won the US Open. He appeared during the national anthem, much to the delight of the crowd.

Sunday’s victory over Casper Road He saw 19-year-old Alcaraz become the youngest man to lead the computerized ATP rankings since they started in 1973.

However, Spain did not need him to defeat Serbia in playing the Davis Cup.

Albert Ramos Vinolas Rally to win Laslo Djer 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the opening rubber that lasted less than three hours. And the Roberto Bautista Agut Sade 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) on Miomir Kikmanovic to secure victory.

The crowd cheered and Bautista Agut sank to his knees after placing a backhand out of Kikmanovic’s reach after two hours and 15 minutes.

“The best experience of my life playing tennis was in this competition,” Bautista Agut said. ‚ÄúToday I really enjoyed playing in front of the Spanish fans in Valencia, right next to my hometown.

“I’m tired because it was a tough match and we have a lot of work to do this week.”

Marcel Granollers And the Pedro Martinez get over Nikola Kasic And the Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2 in the doubles to complete the whitening of Serbia, which without Novak Djokovic.

The Granollers and Bautista Agut were part of the Davis Cup winning Spain squad in 2019.

three more places – Bologna, Italy; Hamburg, Germany, and Glasgow, Scotland – will host group stage matches ahead of the quarter-final matches to be played at one stadium in the southern Spanish city of Malaga in November.

In group D, in Glasgow, Britain’s Andy Murray It was a disappointing return to the Davis Cup matches as the United States won a tight competition against Britain.

Tommy Paul He gave the Americans an early lead when he beat Dan Evans 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. And the tie seemed to be going the way of the Americans when Cameron Norrie He lost the opening set of second singles at 45 minutes, but Norris recovered to be defeated Taylor Fritz 2-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5.

Murray collaborated on doubles with Joe Salisbury Only for the second time in a Davis Cup appearance since 2016, but the duo lost 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 Jack Sock And the Rajiv Ram In a match that ended at 1 a.m. local time.

“We were playing against one of the biggest legends of the game, playing in his town,” Sok told the BBC. “The atmosphere was impressive. We managed to get out and win.”

The Americans play Kazakhstan in their next match on Thursday, while Britain plays the Netherlands.

“It’s tough, it’s one in the morning on Thursday and we have to be back in 13 hours,” US captain Bob Bryan He said. “Kazakhstan will not be easier.”

In Group C in Hamburg, home fans helped propel Germany to their first win over France since 1938.

Jean-Lennard Struff He put Germany ahead with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 victory Benjamin PonziAfter the French failed to convert the two match points. But Adrian Mannarino Draw with 6-4, 6-3 win over Oscar Otti.

but, Kevin Krawetz And Tim Putz maintained their perfect Davis Cup record as a pair by defeating Nicola Mahout And the Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (1) to end an eight-game losing streak for Germany against France.

The host country also won Group A in Bologna as Italy beat Croatia 3-0.

Lorenzo Mussetti ease the past Borna Jojo 6-4, 6-2 by Matteo Berrettini Rally to win Borna Couric 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1. Fabio Fognini And the Simon Bolelli He also had to recover from a group down to say goodbye to her Nikola Mechtic And the Matty Pavik 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

Gojo, Mektic and Pavic were part of the Croatia squad that lost to Russia in last year’s final. Croatia also won the Davis Cup in 2018.

Russia will not be able to defend its title since last year after being banned from international team competitions due to the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

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