Alongside Vasek Pospisil, Auger-Aliassime overthrew the duo of doubles specialist Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez in three sets to confirm Canada’s victory over Spain in a Group B duel.
After giving up the first set 6-4, the Canadians won the other two 6-4 and 7-5. However, the Spaniards had the opportunity to serve for the match in the third set. The Canadians bent, never broke.
It’s really crazy, said the Quebecer on the ground. I don’t know how we managed to do it. They didn’t drop in caliber, we were just in our zone and we continued to believe in it.
This victory sowed euphoria in the Canadian camp, led by captain Frank Dancevic.
I have no words to describe the performance of the teamsaid Dancevic, as exhausted as his players from jumping off his bench after the good points.
They are warriors who went to war to win. It’s an amazing day.
An incredible day started with Auger-Aliassime’s victory over Carlos Alcaraz.
The context was good and Félix Auger-Aliassime knew how to seize his chance. The Quebecer overthrew the world’s leading player, Carlos Alcaraz, in three sets 6-7 (3/7) 6-4 and 6-2 in the Davis Cup in Valencia.
Fresh off the New York title and arriving in Spain late, Alcaraz was beaten to a crawl on his return to competition by an inspired Auger-Aliassime who was not in the least intimidated by the partisan crowd.
Brilliant in service, effective in return, the 13th in the world was able to recover from a first somewhat approximate tiebreaker to finally win after 2 hours 50 minutes of play.
Auger-Aliassime got the better of his rival early in the third set by breaking Alcaraz’s serve.
Then, serving at 2-1, the 22-year-old saved four break points before hitting the Spaniard again, who seemed increasingly out of energy. Auger-Aliassime closed the deal on his second match point.
This is the first time in the Quebecer’s career that he has beaten the world number one. He achieved the feat under the eyes of his father Sam, present in the stands.
It is however a second victory in two occasions for Auger-Aliassime against Alcaraz. At the United States Open in 2021, the Spaniard retired in the second set. The Quebecer led 6-3 and 3-1.
Carlos is the world number one, he deserves all our respect for having come to play the Davis Cup a few days after his title in New York, said Auger-Aliassime on the ground. He came with his competitive spirit, I gave it my all and that’s what it takes to beat a player like him.
The captain helped me a lot in the adversity today, added the Canadian point guard. I didn’t want to let the team down. It’s a relief to have this victory personally and it’s above all a big victory for the team.
Auger-Aliassime’s win tied Canada 1-1 in a best-of-three encounter against Spain.
Auger-Aliassime will try to confirm the Canadian victory in the last doubles match. He will team up with Vasek Pospisil against Pedro Martinez and Marcel Granollers.
Pospisil’s body loose
Vasek Pospisil played with his usual courage in the Davis Cup, but lost in three sets against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
After winning the first set 6-3, the Vancouverite suffered some physical problems and saw his rival win both 6-3 and 6-4 in 2:17.
However, everything smiled on the Canadian in the first round. Pospisil served very well and multiplied the winning shots. He managed 12 against only 2 for his rival.
Bautista Agut, an experienced player recognized for his consistency, especially in the Davis Cup, however, broke the Canadian’s serve early in the second set.
At 2-2 in the third set, Pospisil let slip a break point. In the next game, the Spaniard was able to break the service of the Canadian to zero.
It’s very frustrating to lose matches when it’s the physique and not the tennis that decides, said Pospisil in a press briefing. Until 2-2 in the third set, I felt good and I felt like I could win the game. It hurts my heart to lose like this.
I’m a big guy and the ground conditions are very slow and it’s more difficult for someone like me. These are probably the slowest game conditions I have played in in my entire career. We are in Spain, the players like slow conditions. Everyone would do that to choose advantageous conditions.
Already physically diminished by an injury to the top of his left thigh, Pospisil then seemed to be slowed down by impending leg cramps. Against such an experienced opponent, and cheered on by Valencia’s home crowd, the scenario was far from ideal.
In the end, Pospisil will have managed 31 winning shots and committed 33 unforced errors. Bautista Agut, he was content with 13 winning shots and 13 unforced errors.
It was high caliber tennis and I take a lot of positives, but I’m very very disappointed, added Pospisil. I really wanted to win. I work so hard in the gym and on the field and my opponents are stronger physically. The physique made the difference today.
In its final Group B encounter on Saturday, Canada will face Serbia, deprived of the services of Novak Djokovic.
A victory against Serbia would confirm the first rank of Frank Dancevic’s troops.
The first two teams in the group will qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament. South Korea, who lost their first two matches, complete the group.
The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Davis Cup will take place in Madrid from November 22-27.