Carlos Alcaraz produces goods not only for himself, but also for his country.
Seven days after winning their first Grand Slam tournament, No. 1 Alcaraz defeated Kwon Soon-woo in straight sets in the Davis Cup Final to secure Spain’s victory over South Korea and advance to the quarter-finals as Group B winners.
The US Open champion clenched his fists beside him and yelled in celebration after Kwon landed a long right hand to give the Spanish teenager a 6-4, 7-6(1) win in front of a passionate home crowd in Valencia.
It was Alcaraz’s first win since defeating Casper Ruud in the US Open final and also became the youngest person to top the computerized ATP rankings since its inception in 1973.
“To play here in the Davis Cup is a great honor for me,” said Alcaraz. “But it’s even better to come here as world No. 1 and US Open champion to share this moment with all my people, my family, my friends.
“I’m really happy to live this moment right now and share it with everyone.”
Alcaraz missed Spain’s first 3–0 win over Serbia and lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in a 2–1 win against Canada.
But the 19-year-old Alcaraz returned to his best, throwing some shots that got the crowd on their feet. Kwon was also a passionate tennis player, and their coaches creaked on the hard court as both ran frantically in long rallies, hitting shots that at times seemed unplayable.
Roberto Bautista Agut got off to a great start in Spain defeating Hong Sung Chan 6:1, 6:3. Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez beat Nam Ji Sung and Song Min Kyu 7:5, 3:6, 6:1 in doubles category and won against Spain with a score of 3: 0.
The result takes Spain into the final eight in November, where they will face second-placed Croatia in Group A. It will also be the home ground for Spain, as the quarter-finals in the same venue will be played in the southern city of Málaga in November.
Three other stadiums – Bologna in Italy, Hamburg, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland – hosted group stage matches.
Italy were already guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals, but finished top of Group A by beating Sweden 2-1 to face the United States, who were runners-up in Group D.
Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli won the decisive doubles by beating André Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras 7:6 (2), 6:2.
Sweden needed a 3-0 win over Italy to progress and hopes were dashed when Matteo Berrettini scored a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Elias Ymer, whose younger brother Mikael Ymer then beat Jannik Sinner by 6 :four. , 3-6, 6-3.
In Germany, Kevin Kravitz and Tim Putz edged out Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4 to give the Germans a 2-1 victory over Australia and top spot in Group C.
Both were already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals before the start of the game day. Jan-Lennard Struff beat Purcell 6-1, 7-5, his third straight win this week before Thanasi Kokkinakis equaled Australia by beating Oscar Otte 7-6(6), 6-1.
Germany will play Canada in the quarter-finals, while Australia will play the Netherlands.
The Netherlands won Group D, moving ahead with the USA. This meant that Great Britain or Kazakhstan had nothing to play in the match in Glasgow. But Andy Murray, playing in what may have been his last Davis Cup match, set his team on track for a 2-1 win in his birthplace. Murray beat Dmitry Popko 6-4, 6-3.
PARMA, Italy. Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-place Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Parma Ladies Open, marking the third straight first round loss for the French Open semi-finalist this year.
Third seed Irina-Kamelia Begu took the lead when Victoria Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.
Danka Kovinic defeated Ocean Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stevens.
Also on the red clay courts, Egypt’s Mayar Sheriff knocked out fifth-seeded Anna Bondar, 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated No. 7 Nuria Parrisas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilda Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by defeating Romanian Gabriela Li 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
SAN DIEGO — Brandon Nakashima earned his first ATP Tour victory in his hometown by defeating friend and fellow Southern Californian Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 in the San Diego Open final.
“It’s super special that you dream of, but having it happen in my hometown with all my friends and family is a moment I’ll never forget,” said Nakashima, who has competed twice in the finals. “Hopefully there are many more moments like this ahead.”
Nakashima, a 21-year-old who grew up in San Diego and trained extensively at the venue as a junior, won the first set in just 30 minutes. The second set, filled with long draws, lasted almost an hour.
Chiron, the No. 5 seed and former NCAA title holder from UCLA, was unable to fend off Nakashima’s persistent ground shots and accurate pitches. Nakashima had eight aces, six in the first set.
Serving 5-4 in the second set, Nakashima scored two game-deciding points when Chiron landed a light volley into the net, followed by Nakashima’s ace on the second serve.
He earned $93,090, about half of what he earned for reaching the third round of the US Open in early September.
Nakashima, ranked 69th on the ATP Tour, rose to 48th, his highest ranking in almost three years of the tour. Despite the loss, Chiron went from 58 to 53.
Not only did an American take the singles title, but the doubles title also went to an American duo as second seeded Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Whitrow defeated Aussies Jason Kubler and Luke Saville 7-6(5), 6-2.
The $612,000 event took place at the Barnes Tennis Center, where the $757,900 WTA 500 Open San Diego Open will take place October 8-16. 1 Igoy Svyatek.