Top-ranked Alcaraz loses to Auger-Aliassime at Davis Cup

BARCELONA, Spain — Felix Auger-Aliassime ruined the homecoming of Carlos Alcaraz after combating again to beat the world’s new top-ranked participant 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to stage Canada with Spain at 1-1 within the Davis Cup on Friday.

Spaniards flocked to Valencia to see 19-year-old Alcaraz in his first match since he received the U.S. Open final weekend.

As an alternative, they witnessed their new idol succumb to an excellent Auger-Aliassime, who endured the partisan crowd and tilted the match his manner after Alcaraz dug deep to assert the first-set tiebreaker.

Auger-Aliassime dominated on his serve with 16 aces and ultimately broke Alcaraz late within the second set and twice within the third.

Roberto Bautista gave Spain the primary level after he fought again to beat Vasek Pospisil 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The group tie shall be determined in doubles.

Earlier than the tie, Alcaraz was busy signing autographs and posing for images after observe. He obtained the largest applause when the Spain staff was offered and he was launched because the “new world No. 1.”

Bautista helped Spain beat Serbia 3-0 on Wednesday whereas Alcaraz was resting after jetting house from New York the place he received his first Grand Slam on Sunday after a grueling run that included three consecutive five-set victories.

After Spanish followers needed to keep up virtually all evening to look at his matches on the U.S. Open as a result of time distinction, this was the primary probability lots of his supporters needed to watch him play at house since Could when he received the Madrid Open. Alcaraz beat Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within the capital in what many noticed as Nadal passing the torch to his Spanish successor.

Purple and yellow flags had been draped over railings on the pavilion, together with one with the identify of Alcaraz’s house area, Murcia, painted in massive black letters. Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast, is about 2 1/2 hours north of Alcaraz’s hometown of El Palmar, inhabitants 24,000.

One other Spanish flag bore the message in Spanish, “Carlitos, will you give me your shirt?”

Alcaraz had just one earlier assembly with Auger-Aliassime, on the 2021 U.S. Open quarterfinals when the Spaniard needed to retire on account of damage.

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