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 victory. 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 outshot 17-13 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 28th place on the professional circuit.
Leylah Fernandez is in the quarterfinals
At the Challenger in Tampico, Mexico, Quebec's Leylah Fernandez continued her journey by beating China's Xiaodi You in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 16.
The first set was one-sided, the 40th racket in the world and third seed breaking the serve of her 26-year-old rival twice.
You surprised Fernandez in the second set by quickly stealing his serve. The 20-year-old didn't panic, however, taking advantage of the 271st-ranked ATP player's ball struggle to steal her serve four times.
The Chinese didn't finally never been in the game, she who could not deal with the precision of the Lavalloise. She won less than half of the points on her serve, while Fernandez recorded a nice success rate of 68% in this regard.
In the next round, she will cross swords with fellow Canadian Rebecca Marino, the eighth seed. The 31-year-old veteran struggled to overcome Japan's Moyuka Uchijima on Wednesday. She got away in 2 h 49 min with the score of 7-6(4), 6-7(8) and 6-3.
Denis Shapovalov takes revenge
In Vienna, Austria, Denis Shapovalov of Ontario exacted revenge on American Taylor Fritz, whom he defeated in straight sets 6-1, 4-6, 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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