Davis Cup: Auger-Aliassime can't wait to do battle with Alcaraz

Davis Cup: Auger-Aliassime can't wait to do battle with Alcaraz

UPDATE DAY

Félix Auger-Aliassime is excited to take on the newest US Open champion, Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, in the Davis Cup Final. 

The Canadian headliner and his teammates are in Group B of the competition along with Spain, Serbia and South Korea. This stage of the prestigious tournament will take place from Wednesday to Sunday. The maple leaf has an appointment with Alcaraz and the Spaniards this Friday, in Valencia. You can see all the action on TVA Sports 2 starting at 10 a.m.

“His victory was historic and incredible. It will be there for many years. I think we will be competing in many tournaments,” Auger-Aliassime said Monday at a press conference, speaking of the new world number 1.

“Canada and Spain have a history , since they met in the final a few years ago, added the Quebecer. It will be a big challenge for me to see where my level of play is when I face Carlos. I will fight with everything I have.”

Happy to be there

“FAA” decided to join the Canadian team after their quick elimination in the second round of the United States Open. The 22-year-old athlete therefore replaces Liam Draxl and Cleeve Harper alongside his compatriots Alexis Galarneau, Vasek Pospisil and Gabriel Diallo.

“I am happy to be here, to have made the trip, to be with my teammates and try to pass this stage, in addition to being in this competition until the end of the season,” said Auger-Aliassime.

“I want to lead my team to victory and I accept this challenge.”

The 13th player on the world board will be making his fourth Davis Cup appearance. The Montrealer notably took part in his first match of 2019 against Slovakia in a qualifying event, beating Norbert Gombos in the decisive confrontation to allow Canada to qualify for the Finals.

< strong>A first for Diallo

For his part, this will be the first time that Quebecer Gabriel Diallo will have the honor of representing his country in the Davis Cup.

The 20-year-old tennis player will soon play his last campaign with the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA. This summer, he made himself known to Canadian amateurs by participating in several professional tournaments in the country.

Diallo created a surprise in qualifying for the National Bank Open by beating Australian James Duckworth, while 62nd player in the world. The Montrealer then won his first Challenger Circuit title by triumphing at the National Bank Championships in Granby.

– Canada's clashes against Spain, Serbia and South Korea will be presented on the airwaves of Sports VAT. Remember that only the first two countries in the standings of each of the four groups will advance to the next and final stage of the Davis Cup Final. This will take place from November 21 to 27, in Malaga, Spain.