Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime ignored the crowd cheering on his rival, Switzerland's Marc-Andrea Huesler, to win in three sets of 6-7 (3), 6-4 and 6 -4, Wednesday, in a first-round match at the Basel tennis tournament.
Crowned champion in his two previous competitions, in Florence and Antwerp, the winner almost experienced a different fate on Swiss soil. The 62nd player in the world and holder of an invitation from the organizers kept him on the pitch for 2 h 18 min. It took the penultimate game to allow “FAA” to take the upper hand. A nice climb to the net earned him the break and serve for the win. The maple leaf athlete did not miss his chance, pocketing all the points in the last game.
Third seed and ninth racket in the ATP, Auger-Aliassime dominated 17 to 13 for total aces. He won 89% of the points contested on his first serve, compared to 75% for Huesler. Also, the Belle Province player did not have to save his serve once and broke twice in five occasions.
In the next round, he will face the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who occupies the 28th place on the professional circuit.
Denis Shapovalov takes revenge
In Vienna, in Austria, Ontarian Denis Shapovalov took his revenge on American Taylor Fritz, whom he defeated in three sets of 6-1, 4-6 and 6-3 in the second round.
The winner thus redeemed his loss in the semi-finals of the Tokyo tournament suffered earlier this month against his rival of the day. The 19th ATP player scored a key break in the penultimate game to give himself the opportunity to serve for the game. He scored his second win in as many days, beating local athlete Jurij Rodionov the day before.
“Shapo” maintained a 51% success rate on his first serves, while Fritz, 10th on the international scene, concluded at 63%. Each man slammed 10 aces, but the Canadian totaled four breaks, two more than the loser.
In the next stage, Shapovalov will face the Briton Daniel Evans (26th).
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