Felix Auger-Aliassime had one of the biggest wins of his career on Friday when he defeated new world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 in Davis Cup action, before he returned to court in doubles to help Canada pass Spain 2-1.
The world No. 13 saved all seven breakpoints he faced to bring Canada’s draw against Spain to 1-1 after two hours and 50 minutes. Auger-Aliassime took the initiative in the match to ridicule the recent US Open champion, especially at the critical moments. This was Alcaraz’s first match as the number 1 player in the Pepperstone ATP rankings. The 19-year-old fought on bravely, but was unable to close the equalizer.
Auger-Aliassime carried his momentum into the doubles, in which he teamed with Vasek Pospisil past Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
In the first game of the draw, Roberto Bautista Agut had made a good start for Spain as he passed Pospisil 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Berrettini & Sinner Power Italy over Argentina
Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, who both competed in the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals, showed their strength on Friday to help Italy beat Argentina.
Berrettini overtook Sebastian Baez 6-2, 6-3 to give Italy the advantage before Sinner entered the court in Bologna, where he took a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win against the Miami semi-finalist, Francisco Cerundolo.
Germany beeps through Belgium
The Belgians put in a commendable effort, but Germany advanced to 2-0 in Group C action with a 2-1 win in their draw. Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz sealed their country’s victory with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) victory against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.
German Jan-Lennard Struff claimed the opening rubber against Zizou Bergs 6-4, 7-6 (9) to put his country in a winning position before second-place finisher of the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals David Goffin clawed past Oscar Otte with 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3 to determine the deciding doubles.
Dutch Double Clutch Against Great Britain
Dutch doubles duo Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop were under pressure against Great Britain on Friday, battling past Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury 7-6(0), 6-7(6), 6-3 for the 2-1 draw.
Daniel Evans, who lost his opening rubber of Pool D game against the United States, found his form against Tallon groenpoor and defeated the Dutchman 6-4, 6-4. Botic van de Zandschulp then tied the score with a 6-4, 6-2 win against 2021 BNP Paribas Open champion Cameron Norrie, leading to the decisive double play.
What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup final?
The group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals will take place in four cities – Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia – from September 13-18. The 16 nations will compete in four round-robin groups of four teams. The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. The knockout stage will take place from November 22-27 in Malaga.