On Monday, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the 28th and youngest ATP world number one. 1. The US Open winner returned to Spain and entered the first phase of the Davis Cup finals in Valencia. Carlos did not play against Serbia and led his side against Canada on Friday.
Alcaraz faced Felix Auger-Aliassime, losing 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 50 minutes, making Carlos the fourth player to start his ATP reign with a loss and the first since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. A teenager clinched a tight opener before the Canadian shifted into higher gear and scored one of his most notable wins of the season.
Felix defeated Carlos for the second time in as many encounters, earning a break in the second set at 4-4 and dominating the decider. Auger-Aliassime shot 16 aces and made the difference with his first serve. Felix defended all seven break points and kept the pressure on the other side.
Carlos Alcaraz lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets.
He broke Carlos three times to control the pace in the second part of the duel and keep his country in contention. The Canadian found the rhythm behind the first shot right from the start on an indoor court, producing one good hold after another and keeping the pressure on the home star.
Carlos survived challenging games at 1-2 and 2-3, serving to stay in the set at 4-5. The Spaniard held after serve winners before facing an even more serious challenge at 5-6. Alcaraz saved a set point and brought the game home to set up a tiebreak.
World No. 1 played well, firing a forehand down the line 6-3 to win the opener in a grueling 64 minutes. Both players served well in the five games of the second set before Auger-Aliassime held a break point at 2-3.
The Canadian saved it with a forehand drive volley winner and got a boost. Carlos sprayed a backhand error in the ninth game to earn the first break and push the rival in front. Felix held at 15 in game ten with a service winner to take the set 6-4 and set up a tie break after two hours.
The Canadian broke for the second straight game early in the decider before embarking on an ultimate challenge at 2-1. Auger-Aliassime played to four break points in game four, staying calm and coming out of jail with a service winner.
Alcaraz paid the price in the next game, spraying a backhand error and falling 4-1 behind. The Canadian served to win 5-2 and denied two break points with Winners. Felix sealed the deal with a booming serve to celebrate the win, probably his best of the season.