Seven days after winning his first Grand Slam tournament, the top-ranked Alcaraz beat Kwon Soon-woo in straight sets in the Davis Cup Finals to secure Spain victory over South Kore
The U.S. Open champion pumped his fists by his side and yelled in celebration after Kwon sent a forehand long to hand the Spanish teenager a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory in front of a pass
It was Alcaraz’s first win since beating Casper Ruud in the U.S. Open final to also become the youngest man to lead the ATP computerized rankings since they began in 1973.
“Playing the Davis Cup here is an honor for me,” Alcaraz said. “But it’s even better to come here being No. 1 in the world and U.S. Open champion, to share this moment with
“I’m really happy to live this moment right now and to share this moment with all of them.” Alcaraz sat out Spain’s opening 3-0 win over Serbia and lost to Felix Auger-Alia
But the 19-year-old Alcaraz was back to his best, with some shots that had the crowd on their feet. Kwon also played inspired tennis and their trainers squeaked on the hard court a
Roberto Bautista Agut had got Spain off to a great start with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Hong Seong-chan. Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez beat Nam Ji-sung and Song Min-kyu 7-5, 3
The result sends Spain through to the final eight in November, when it will face Group A runner-up Croatia. It will also be on home turf for Spain as the single-venue quarterfinals
Three other venues – Bologna in Italy, Hamburg, Germany and Glasgow, Scotland – were hosting group-stage matches.
Carlos Alcaraz won Davis Cup after US open title beats korea