Carlos Alcaraz plays first match as world no. 1

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Carlos Alcaraz plays first match as world no. 1

Five days after winning his maiden Major crown at the US Open, Carlos Alcaraz is back on the court in the Davis Cup. Carlos plays his second Davis Cup singles rubber against Felix Auger-Aliassime in Valencia, trying to deliver the overall victory for Spain against Canada.

The young Spaniard has been a player to beat this season, winning five ATP titles and leading the ATP Race ahead of Rafael Nadal. Carlos won two ATP 500 titles in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona to gain a boost and crack the top-10 for the first time at 18.

Meanwhile, he conquered the first Masters 1000 crown in Miami as the third player with a trophy at that level. The young gun toppled Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to lift another trophy in front of the home fans in Madrid, announcing himself as a contender for the ATP throne.

Carlos Alcaraz leads Spain in the Davis Cup.

Alcaraz lost in the Roland Garros quarter-final and the Wimbledon fourth round before standing as one of the US Open favorites. Alcaraz used his chances in New York and claimed the first Major title at 19 years and four months.

Carlos became the first teenager with a Major title since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and added 2000 points to his tally. It was enough to propel Alcaraz to the ATP throne, becoming the first teenager as world no. 1! Carlos worked hard in three consecutive matches in New York, prevailing in five sets and saving a match point against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final.

Alcaraz faced Casper Ruud in the first Major final and scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes to write history books. Both players scored three breaks, and the Spaniard defended two set points at 5-6 in the fourth set to force a tie break and bring the victory home from there.

The Spaniard claimed the opener with a single break, and the Norwegian took charge from 2-2 in set number two to rattle off four straight games and level the overall score. Casper had two set points on the return at 5-6, and Carlos saved them with winners to introduce a tie break.

The youngster won it 7-1 and gained a massive boost ahead of the fourth. Alcaraz broke in the sixth game and served well in the rest of the clash to seal the deal and start a massive celebration.