No Carlos Alcaraz, no problem for Spain.
Before defeating the Partisans in Valencia, the Spaniards beat Serbia 3-0 in the Davis Cup final to take first place in their group.
Ranked No. 1 Alcaraz arrived in Valencia the day before but missed the first round, which came just three days after the Spanish teenager won the US Open. He did appear during the national anthems, much to the delight of the audience.
With Sunday’s victory over Kasper Ruud, the 19-year-old Alcaraz became the youngest person to top the computerized ATP rankings since its inception in 1973.
But Albert Ramos Vinolas rallied to defeat Laszlo Dere 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in an opening rubber that lasted just under three hours. And Roberto Bautista Agut beat Miomir Kechmanovic with a score of 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) and secured the victory.
The crowd roared with delight and Bautista Agut fell to his knees after landing a backhand out of Kecmanovic’s reach 2 hours and 15 minutes later.
“The best tennis experience of my life was associated with this competition,” said Bautista Agut. “Today I really enjoyed playing in front of the Spanish crowd in Valencia, close to my hometown.
“I’m tired because it was a tough match and we have a lot of work to do this week.”
Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez beat Nikola Kacic and Dusan Lajovic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2 in doubles, completing Serbia’s whitewash without Novak Djokovic.
Granollers and Bautista Agut were part of the Spanish team that won the Davis Cup in 2019.
Three other stadiums – Bologna in Italy, Hamburg, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland – are hosting group stage matches ahead of the one-stadium quarter-final in the southern Spanish city of Malaga in November.
In Group D at Glasgow, Andy Murray became frustrated with a return to the Davis Cup as the United States won a tight fight against Great Britain.
Tommy Paul gave the Americans their first lead when he beat Dan Evans 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The tie seemed to benefit the Americans when Cameron Norrie lost the first set of the second singles in 45 minutes, but Norris bounced back to beat Taylor Fritz 2–6, 7–6(2), 7–5.
Murray teamed in doubles with Joe Salisbury for only their second Davis Cup appearance since 2016, but the duo lost 5–7, 6–4, 7–5 to Jack Sock and Rajiv Ram in a match that ended at 1am .
“We played against one of the game’s biggest legends, playing in his home district,” Juice told the BBC. “It was an electrifying atmosphere. We persevered and won.”
In the next match on Thursday, the Americans will play Kazakhstan, while the UK will play the Netherlands.
“It’s tricky, Thursday, 1am and we have to go again in 13 hours,” US team alternate captain Bob Bryan said. “Kazakhstan will not be easier.”
In Group C in Hamburg, home supporters helped Germany secure their first victory over France since 1938.
Jan-Lennard Struff gave Germany the lead by beating Benjamin Bonzi 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 after the Frenchman failed to convert two match points. But Adrian Mannarino equalized by beating Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3.
However, Kevin Kravitz and Tim Putz maintained their unblemished Davis Cup pairing record by defeating Nicolas Mayut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (1), ending Germany’s eight straight defeat streak against France .
The hosts also won Group A in Bologna as Italy beat leaders Croatia 3–0.
Lorenzo Mussetti beat Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-2 before Matteo Berrettini rallied and beat Borna Coric 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-1. Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli also had to recover from the set to take Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
Gojo, Mektic and Pavić were part of the Croatian team that lost to Russia in last year’s final. Croatia also won the Davis Cup in 2018.
Russia will not be able to defend its last year’s title after being banned from international team competition due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
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.