After his victory at the US Open and his new role as world number 1, everyone wanted to see Carlos Alcaraz shine on the Valencia court. But captain Sergi Bruguera preferred to rest him for the first match of the Davis Cup group stage on Wednesday. It was therefore Albert Ramos-Vinolas (40th) and Roberto Bautista Agut (21st) who had the task of playing the singles against a Serbia deprived of Novak Djokovic.
The first won in front of Laslo Djere (66th) in three sets after almost three hours of play (2-6, 7-6, 7-5). The second needed two tie-breaks (7-6, 7-6) to beat Miomir Kecmanovic (33rd).
In doubles, Marcel Granollers and Pedro Martinez also beat Nikola Cacic and Dusan Lajovic in three sets (6-7, 6-2, 6-2).
A serene Italy
On the side of Pool A, Italy won (3-0) against Croatia, finalists last year. The 30th world Lorenzo Musetti dispatched the Croatian Borna Gojo in two sets (6-4, 6-2). Matteo Berrettini also offered himself a victory against Borna Coric who cracked after the first set (6-7, 6-2, 6-1).
The Italian doubles pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini finished the game 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 against Croatian Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
A Britain that must recover
In Pool D, Great Britain are already in danger, after their defeat against the United States. Briton Daniel Evans yielded in the first single against Tommy Paul (6-4, 4-6, 6-4). But captain Leon Smith’s team was able to come back thanks to Cameron Norrie (8th) who won the second match (2-6, 7-6, 7-5) against Taylor Fritz.
Tied, everything was decided in the doubles. Despite a first set won by the pair Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury, the British finally lost to the Americans Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock (5-7, 6-4, 7-5).