Carlos Alcaraz has lost his first match as number 1 in the world. The 19-year-old Spaniard, who won the US Open on Sunday, went down at the Davis Cup Finals in Valencia against the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime: 7-6 (3) 4-6 2-6.
Alcaraz joined the selection of captain Sergi Bruguera after his grand slam victory on Tuesday. He did not play in the opening game against Serbia, which Spain won 3-0.
“It’s a big win for me and for the team,” said Auger-Aliassime. “For me, because Carlos is the new number 1. But he made a big effort in New York. We have to respect him that he has already made the journey here and is participating again.”
Canada – South Korea
Canada also won the first round, 2-1 against South Korea.
Earlier on Friday, Roberto Bautista won 3-6 6-3 6-3 against Vasek Pospisil, so that the doubles will decide Spain against Canada.
Last group game
Canada will play the third and final group game against Serbia on Saturday, while Spain will face South Korea a day later.