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New world No 1 Alcaraz brought back to earth by Auger-Aliassime in Davis Cup

The new world No 1 didn’t have a very happy return to action in the Davis Cup

Carlos Alcaraz Tennis – Davis Cup – Group B – Spain v Canada – Pavello Municipal Font de Sant Lluis, Valencia, Spain – September 16, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz during his match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

Carlos Alcaraz may have lifted his first major trophy in New York on Sunday, but the grind never stops. Although he had the day off for Spain’s opening Davis Cup tie against Serbia, he was called back into action for their second clash, against Canada.

But he couldn’t bring the same magic to the court in Valencia, losing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to Felix Auger-Aliassime – the player who progressed at his expense in the 2021 US Open quarter-finals when he was forced to retire from the match.

At the age of 19, Alcaraz is the youngest man to reach the top of the world rankings. He has 51 singles wins on tour so far this season – the most of any male player.

Auger-Aliassime’s victory is his first over a top-ranked player.

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