It’s safe to say that the arrival of Carlos Alcaraz at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals is the talk of the town.

Just a few hours after Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud at the US Open to win his maiden Grand Slam title and become the youngest-ever world No. 1, his Spanish team-mates were fielding questions about the 19-year-old in a pre-event press conference in Valencia.

His success comes as no surprise to skipper Sergi Bruguera – who knows only too well what it takes to win a major having won back-to-back titles at Roland-Garros in 1993 and 1994.

“We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later,” Bruguera said. “But the way he won three matches in five sets is an incredible effort mentally as well as physically. Being the youngest No. 1 in the world, there aren’t any words.”

What you experience playing Davis Cup is completely different

The Spanish captain gave an honest assessment of the other teams that make up Group B, saying every side has quality singles options so he is taking nothing for granted in his team’s quest to reach the Final 8 in Malaga in November.

One thing is for sure, however. Bruguera knows that the spotlight will be on his young No. 1 and he is confident that it will only be a good thing for his development as a player.

“What you experience playing Davis Cup is completely different,” explained Bruguera. “You play for your country and that’s always special. Tennis is a very individual sport. Playing a competition like this allows you to grow personally. The important thing is to have players in good form, and I think I have that.”

On his arrival in Valencia, the US Open champion said that he is "very proud to arrive as No. 1 and do my bit for the team. Playing the Davis Cup is always special, it's a unique atmosphere and I'm looking forward to being with the team."

Spain starts its 2022 Davis Cup Finals campaign with a tie against Serbia at 16:00 CET on Wednesday.

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