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Canada defeats Spain in the Davis Cup, which will play against Korea

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the canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil were imposed on the Spanish couple formed by Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martínez 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5after coming back in a great match that gave victory to the North American team and that forces Spain to beat South Korea this Sunday to qualify for the final phase of the Davis Cup in Malaga.

The Spanish duo could not have started the decisive match of this confrontation better, since they broke Aliassime’s serve from the start, still emotionally hung over after his spectacular victory against Carlos Alcaraz just half an hour earlier. The early income obtained by the Spanish team was enough to decide the fate of the first set, since both Granollers and Martínez were very solid with their serve and did not give their opponents a single option.

Under pressure

The Canadians took note of what happened so as not to make any mistakes at the beginning of the second set and fine-tuned their service. Spain, with Granollers giving a clinic on how to play at the net and Martínez very sober in all facets of the game, did not make concessions either. He squeezed in the ninth game on Pospisil’s serve and two consecutive big points from Peter Martinez they set up the first break point of the second set, but Pospisil dealt with it by bringing out his best serving repertoire. The pressure passed to the Spanish side and Granollers lost serve after a great return from Aliassime that balanced the duel.

The decisive sleeve started and Carlos Alcaraz appeared on the Spanish bench to encourage his teammates. Again Spain did damage on Aliassime’s serve. A great point by Pedro Martínez put the Hispanic couple with two break points‘ and Granollers took advantage of the first of them from the net to obtain an advantage that would consolidate the Valencian on serve (4-2). Nevertheless the pulse of the Spaniards trembled to close out the match and Canada got the break when Pedro Martínez served to win. With 5-5, it was now the North American team that saw the victory closer after the emotional injection that staying in the game meant. Pospisil did not fail to serve and finished off Spain with a new break.

Defeat of Alcaraz

five days after be crowned in new york as US Open champion, Carlos Alcaraz returned this Friday to activity in the Davis Cup in Valencia. On a court given to Murcia, the youngest tennis number one in history (19 years old) went from more to less before another emerging talent, the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime (22 years old), who ended up beating him after an intense battle (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2).

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The final score reflected the tremendous equality of a pulse that should ensure the presence of Spain in the final phase to be held at end of November in Malaga. Alcaraz and Aliassime had only faced each other once before. It happened in the quarterfinals of the US Open last year with a bad memory for the Murcian, who retired when he lost 6-3, 3-1.

six points in a row

The tremendous effort of the previous rounds then took its toll on Alcaraz who a year later would be crowned in Flushing Meadows against Ruud. With the impulse of that success, Carlitos jumped on the track this Friday to face a tough opponent, the Canadian from Togolese descent which occupies the 13th position in the ranking.

Alcaraz once again demonstrated his cold blood in the most complicated moments of the first set, with special mention for the tie-break, in which he was 1-3 down and won six points in a row. That first part lasted more than an hour. The equality remained in the second set until the ninth game, when Alcaraz suffered andthe first break of the match.

0/7 on break balls

Aliassime did not waste the advantage and took the duel to the third set. Number one accused the blow and started 0-2. In the fourth game he threw four break balls overboard (0 for 7 in the entire match). The possible 2-2 went to 3-1 for Aliassime, who ended up certifying his victory by 6-2, always supported by a great serve that Alcaraz was unable to break.

“I have left everything on the track, I cannot blame myself for anything. I have seen myself at the limit, I did not reach 100% physically”

Carlos Alcaraz / Number 1 in the world

In the first meeting of the afternoon, Bautista suffered more than expected to carry out his match against Vasek Pospisil by 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The difference in ranking between the two (the Spaniard is 21st in the world and the Canadian is 141st) was not reflected in the fontette and the man from Castellón was close to falling, who was favored in the final stretch by the inconvenience of his opponent.

Bad start

Bautista weakened at the start of the match due to the strategy of Pospisil, based on his good service and very short points. The Spaniard gave up his serve blank in the sixth game and the American, very firm in the net, ended up taking the first set. He needed to react to the Spanish and little by little he was showing the best version of him, he looked more for the reverse of his adversary and signed a 3-0 start which served him to win the second set, also benefiting from the mistakes of his rival in long exchanges.

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The Canadian, with discomfort in his left legrequired the assistance of physio after the second game of the final set. Bautista, very constant, came up with the public support and certified the win. The 34-year-old from Castellón has not fallen in a Davis Cup match since 2019, when he lost in Madrid against rublev.

Bruguera: “We’re not going to guess, we’re going to focus on winning on Sunday”

The captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team, Sergi Bruguera, said after his team’s defeat that he is not going to guess whether a victory for Canada or Serbia benefits him in the confrontation that both will star this Saturday, since he assured that the important thing is to prepare well to beat South Korea on Sunday and thus qualify for the Final Phase. “I’m not going to make any guesses, because it doesn’t depend on me. We’re going to focus on what depends on us, I’m going to prepare my team as best as possible to think only of winning on Sunday. Carlos (Alcaraz) with a day of rest and one more day playing here he will be one hundred percent for Sunday,” he explained.

Asked about this second day, in which Spain saw how victory eluded them after the comebacks by Félix Auger-Aliassime against Alcaraz and doubles, the Spanish coach pointed out that “this is tennis and especially the Davis Cup, all matches have had an incredible level of tennis and I can only congratulate my team for the effort they have made”.

Pointing out Alcaraz’s match, who played his first match of this phase after arriving on Tuesday from New York where he won the US Open, Bruguera only had words of gratitude for the player. “We have to thank Carlos for the incredible effort you have put in and your commitment is incredible. He has played a very good game but Aliassime has played one of the best games of his life and perhaps he has lacked a bit of mental freshness and still did not have the sensations on the court”, he concluded.

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