Carlos Alcaraz had to postpone the appointment with the first victory as world number one in the ATP ranking. The Spaniard was defeated for the second time in his career by Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime after a very tough three-set battle in Davis Cup.
However, despite the setback that was unable to detach Spain's pass for the finals in Malaga, the Iberian said he was satisfied with the match at the press conference. Almost surprising is the analysis of Alcaraz's match: "I think he played really well.
I stayed in the game for two hours, without making many mistakes, but from the end of the second I started making more mistakes. I was unable to handle him and he served phenomenally. The conditions are really difficult, with a very slow course and with only two days of adaptation.
It's a difficult day for me but we have to congratulate the rivals, because they played a formidable match. This is the Davis Cup, the atmosphere is indescribable. I love to play in my country in front of people, what I wanted most was to make all the people who came to see me happy.
It would have been impressive to give them this victory."
Carlos Alcaraz on Davis Cup: "I was always on the limit"
On Auger-Aliassime he said: "Felix played a great game, he demanded a lot from me, he was serving very well and that barely left me a margin.
At 4-4 with my serve I made a couple of mistakes which then hurt me a lot. From there, rowing against the current is complicated, plus I didn't arrive in the best physical or mental condition. I am satisfied to come from the United States and, with very little time to adapt to the court, to have given everything." On his current condition ge added: " I felt good physically, but not 100%.
I was always on the edge, I endured as much as I could but against a beast like Felix it is difficult. Both in terms of tennis, physical and mental it is one of the best in the world. I fought but I could not show more, now we will try to recover as best we can, encourage my teammates in the doubles and hope that Sunday's playoff is not so decisive.
This is the Davis Cup, you have to leave everything for your country and for all the people who cheer you on."