Carlos Alcaraz Australian Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz set to break Rafael Nadal record ahead of Davis Cup tie

Carlos Alcaraz, aged 18 years and 303 days, is set to make his debut in the Davis Cup tie against Romania today.

As a result, he will be Spain’s youngest ever debutant in the tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2004.

He was expected to play in the 2021 Davis Cup finals in Madrid in November, however due to a positive corona virus test he could not compete. Three months later he now seems eager to put on the red shirt and represent his country, ”The truth is that I’m very happy to finally make my debut and represent my country in the Davis Cup. It has been a dream since I was little.”

The Rio Open champion, when asked if he can handle the pressure playing for his country, responded, ”I have improved on a mental level. It is work that I have been doing for a long time with the psychologist I am with, Elizabeth Balaguer”.

Spain are set to take on Romania in the qualifiers of the Davis Cup, with Carlos Alcaraz to play against Romania’s number one Marius Copil on his debut. However he will not be the only player making his debut for the Spanish team in Marbella. Alejandro Davidoch Fokina has been announced to play in the doubles match alongside Pedro Martinez. ”I am very excited to be able to make my debut in the doubles on Saturday with Pedro.” said Fokina.

He also believes that playing the tie in Spain will give the team an advantage, ”And the truth is I am looking forward to playing at home with my people. This gives you a boost and surely will help.”

The Spanish team is also made of World number 15 Roberto Bautista Agut, who is set to play the first match of the qualifier versus Gabi Adrian Boitan.

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