Former star claims that “Carlos Alcaraz lacked a little bit of cerebral freshness”

On Monday, the 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the 28th and youngest ATP world number 1. The US Open champion visited Spain once more and participated in Valencia’s Davis Cup final’s opening round. Carlos supervised his team on Friday against Canada while not playing against Serbia.

Alcaraz lost 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Felix Auger-Aliassime in two hours and fifty minutes. Thus, Carlos became the first player since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 and the fourth player overall to start his ATP career with a defeat. Before the Canadian made a complete 180° turn and earned one of his most remarkable victories of the season, the teenager won a close early stage.

Felix won his second match against Carlos in a row, breaking at 4-4 in the second set and dominating the championship set. With 16 aces under his belt, Auger-Aliassime made the difference with his first serve. All seven break points were stopped by Felix, who also kept the pressure on the opposition.

In order to control the tempo in the second set of the battle and keep his nation in contention, he broke Carlos three times. On an indoor court, the Canadian quickly found his flow after the serve and produced serve after solid serve to keep the pressure on the local star.

At 1-2 and 2-3, Carlos made it through difficult games, and at 4-5, he served to keep the set. Following a successful serve, the Spaniard held on before a much tougher test at 5-6. Alcaraz prevented a set point and won the match to force a tie-breaking period.

Bruguera introduces Alcaraz.

Carlos Alcaraz might have opted to forego the “Davis Cup,” especially given that the current structure frequently makes for a lackluster spectacle as compared to the previous one. This tournament has lost its soul more than just its past splendour.

But because Spain is heavily involved in this new edition through the Piqué-managed Kosmos corporation, Iberians who play the game perceive more than that, as indicated by captain Bruguera about Alcaraz. “First and foremost, we must applaud and praise Carlos for the tremendous effort he made, despite the fact that he was exhausted after playing matches in five sets in four straight qualifying rounds at the US Open.

Last Sunday, he participated in a final, and on Tuesday, he arrived in Valencia. Any other athlete would not have come because of his extraordinary dedication. He played a pretty excellent game, but Aliassime, as far as I can recall, played one of his best games ever.

He lacked some mental clarity and the necessary time to adjust to playing in circumstances that were significantly different from those he had lately encountered. Carlos’ first match against a player like Aliassime was unfortunate.