Félix Auger-Aliassime collapses at the wrong time

Félix Auger-Aliassime collapses at the wrong time


Having seen his second-round match interrupted the day before by darkness, Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime was unable to finish the job, losing in three sets of 4-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (4) over Australian Jason Kubler on Thursday at the tennis tournament in Newport, Rhode Island.

Still, the favorite in this grass-court competition held a lead 6-5 in the final set, but saw their 102nd-ranked rival force a tiebreaker. The winner capitalized on his first match point to advance to the quarter-finals, where he will find his compatriot James Duckworth.

Ninth on the ATP circuit, Auger-Aliassime suffered a third consecutive failure in simple; at Wimbledon, he had bowed out from the start in front of the American Maxime Cressy. Facing Kubler, he slammed 16 aces, against five for his opponent. He pocketed 61% of the points played on his first serve.

The Maple Leaf athlete was trying to pull himself together in doubles later in the day, alongside Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi. Both men had an appointment with the first seeds, the South African Raven Klaasen and the Brazilian Marcelo Melo in the second round.

The latter showed why they were ranked so high, easily taking the measure of Auger-Aliassime and Bonzi in two ends of 6-4 and 6-2. The favorites notably offered themselves 11 break points and converted two.

Klaasen and Melo will face Americans Alex Lawson and Robert Galloway in the semi-finals on Saturday.