Barcelona, Spain. Carlos Alcaraz’s biggest fans have gathered to see the new world ranking player in his homecoming to Spain.
Instead, they witnessed Felix Auger-Aliassime beat his new idol before staying on the hard court to score a second doubles victory and help Canada to an upset 2-1 victory over Spain in the Cup group stage. Davis.
Alcaraz lost 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 to the excellent Auger-Aliassime, who braved the partisan crowd and tipped the Valencia match on his way after the 19-year-old Spaniard burrowed deep to claim first place. – set a tie-break.
Felix is a beast. Physically and mentally, Felix is one of the best in the world,” Alcaraz said after his first match since winning the US Open last weekend, when he became the youngest person to climb to the top of the ATP rankings.
“I arrived in not very good physical condition,” he added. “It was a very tough day, but I have to congratulate him because he put on an incredible game.”
As the pavilion roared in favor of Alcaraz, Auger-Aliassime calmly responded, surgically placing shot after shot exactly where he wanted it. He dominated his serve with 16 aces and eventually broke Alcaraz late in the second set and twice in the third.
“He’s number one in the world and that’s a big credit to him, but today I think I was a little better in the third set,” said Auger-Aliassime, who finished 13th. “I didn’t mean to let my team down with my fighting spirit.”
Roberto Bautista scored Spain’s first point after bouncing back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Vasek Pospisil.
With no time to recover, Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil showed no signs of fatigue as they came from behind to beat Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the decider.
Canada will then play Serbia and Spain will play South Korea to determine who will advance to the quarter-finals in November in the southern Spanish city of Malaga.
Spain beat Serbia 3-0 while Alcaraz was resting after being eliminated home from New York, where he won his first Grand Slam singles title after a grueling streak of three consecutive wins in five sets.
Before the Davis Cup match, Alcaraz signed autographs and took pictures after practice. He received the biggest applause when Team Spain was introduced and he was introduced as “the new world number 1”.
After the match, he focused not on defeat, but on the joy he received from returning home.
“I wanted to go back to Spain, I want to share this moment to be #1 and to be the US Open champion with all my people,” Alcaraz said.
After Spanish fans had to stay up most of the night to watch him play at the US Open due to the time difference, this was the first chance for many of his supporters to watch him play at home since he won the Open in May Madrid. Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in the capital and many saw Nadal passing the baton to his Spanish successor.
Red and yellow flags were draped over the pavilion’s railings, including one with the name of Alcaraz’s home region, Murcia, written in large black letters. Valencia, on the Mediterranean coast, is about 2.5 hours north of El Palmar, Alcaraz’s hometown, with a population of 24,000.
Alcaraz had only one previous encounter with Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals of the 2021 US Open when the Spaniard was forced to retire due to injury.
While Alcaraz arrived after a tiring two-week stay in the US, Auger-Aliassime played singles and doubles to help Canada beat South Korea in the first leg of the Davis Cup.
Unable to touch on the serve of Auger-Aliassime, Alcaraz drew new applause from the stands, including his parents. He waved his fist at captain Sergi Bruguera and personal trainer Juan Carlos Ferrero after the hard-earned points.
This proved to be enough for Alcaraz to win the first set tie-break after an untimely mistake by Auger-Aliassime.
But Auger-Aliassime never lost the initiative. Team Canada captain Frank Danzewicz jumped up from his courtside seat to applaud when Auger Aliassime finally broke Alcaraz at the end of the second set. The Canadian filled it.
The Netherlands took the lead after beating British Andy Murray 2–1 in Glasgow. The result also meant that the United States was out of Group D.
Germany and Australia exited Group C after the Germans beat Belgium 2-1 and Italy defeated Argentina 2-1 in Bologna in Group A.
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.