World number one Alcaraz loses to Auger-Aliassime in Davis Cup


Carlos Alcaraz. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest men’s tennis world number one in history at 19 after his triumph at the US Open last week, had a bittersweet comeback as he lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime beaten 6-7 ( 3/7), 6-4, 6-2 in the Davis Cup at Valencia on Friday.

Received a standing ovation by the fervent home support after their maiden Grand Slam victory on Saturday, the Spaniard and his Canadian opponent played out a thrilling second singles match, with Canada equalizing at 1-1.

Alcaraz, from nearby Murcia, watched from the sidelines on Wednesday as Spain beat Serbia 3-0.

On Friday, he was neck and neck with his Canadian opponent throughout the first set as both players served well.

The Canadian was particularly ruthless, hitting seven aces in the opening set and winning 79% of his service points, but Alcaraz fought back each time to force a tie-break.

In the tiebreaker, Auger-Aliassime earned a mini break to take the lead, but the persistent Spaniard turned the tide and won the set with a ferocious forehand down the line.

The second set was also brilliantly and fairly contested, until Auger-Aliassime broke to come back 5-4. He then served.

In the third, Alcaraz tired, perhaps unsurprisingly after their marathon matches in New York, and world number 13 Auger-Aliassime broke straight away and then broke again to lead 4-1, fending off the Spaniard despite encouragement from the crowd.

Roberto Bautista had put Spain 1-0 up in the draw after coming from behind to beat Vasek Pospisil 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 earlier.


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