Carlos Alcaraz won his first major title at the US Open last Sunday. Without proper rest, the young savage flew home to Valencia and joined Spain’s Davis Cup squad. Carlos missed the opening game against Serbia and faced Canada where he faced Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second game.
Felix played at a high level, delivering a 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 triumph in two hours and 50 minutes to keep his country in contention. The Canadian served well, defending all seven break points to increase the pressure on the other side.
Carlos led 7-6, 4-4 before losing ground behind the first shot, getting broken three times and suffering his first defeat as world No. 1. 1! Alcaraz praised the rival and his booming serve that kept him under pressure. The Spaniard had to work hard on his service games in the first set and prevailed in games four and six to remain on the positive side.
Alcaraz served to stay in the set at 5-6 and fired a backhand at the line winner to end it and 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 opening five games of set number two before Auger-Aliassime faced a break point at 2-3. The Canadian saved it with a forehand drive volley winner and got a boost.
Carlos Alcaraz lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Davis Cup.
Carlos served at 4-4 and sprayed a backhand error to lose serve and go behind at 5-4.
Felix served 5-4 for the set and fired a service winner to initiate a decider after almost two hours. The Canadian broke for the second straight game early in the final set when his rival placed a routine long forehand.
Auger-Aliassime faced four break points in game four, staying calm to defend them and forge a 3-1 advantage with a service winner. Alcaraz couldn’t pass up those chances and was broken in the next game after a loose backhand that brought him down 4-1.
The Canadian served 5-2 to win and faced two break points. He wiped them out with winners and sealed the deal with a booming serve to celebrate victory and keep Canada in the tie. “I think Felix played at a high level and served brutally well.
I made mistakes at the end of the second set that cost me a lot. I wasn’t at my best physically and mentally, but I still did my best. I wasn’t at 100% and will try to recover until Sunday. This is the Davis Cup and you have to give everything for your country up to the last point,” said Carlos Alcaraz.