October 19, 2021

Felix Auger-Aliassime Dodges Andreas Seppi Obstacle In Washington | ATP Tour

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Next seed Felix Auger-Aliassime held his floor versus a stern opening examination on Tuesday from Andreas Seppi, rallying from a established down to get started his Citi Open up campaign with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. 

The 19-calendar year-outdated Canadian was examined throughout just about two several hours by Seppi, the participant who shocked him in the opening round at Roland Garros previously in the period. Auger-Aliassime earned his revenge with 25 winners, together with nine aces, and 5 services breaks from 12 options.

“To dig deep and to uncover a way to, I guess, gain unsightly in a way and occur again from really a very poor set of tennis in the very first, to come again and gain it – yeah, it really is excellent that I can also win matches that way,” Auger-Aliassime stated. “Not only actively playing my very best tennis and successful in straight sets.”

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Auger-Aliassime, who arrived in Washington, D.C. at a new profession-superior Environment No. 15 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, improved to 24-15 on the period with the victory. Coached by Frederic Fontang and Toni Nadal, Auger-Aliassime will be searching for his third tour-level final of the year soon after achieving the championship match in Stuttgart and Melbourne. 

He desired a few of video games to attain his footing in Washington, D.C. from Seppi. By the time the 19-12 months-aged observed his very best tennis, Auger-Aliassime was already down a double break and 5-1 in the opening established towards the Italian veteran. Auger-Aliassime raised his degree following conserving two established details in the opening established, starting off the 2nd with a 3- direct. 

The Canadian enhanced his initially-serve points received from 65 for each cent (11/17) in the initial set to 85 for each cent in the 2nd set and 89 for each cent in the third set. That saved the Italian on the back foot, and Auger-Aliassime earned unforced faults frequently as he ongoing to apply the pressure in the later on levels of the match. 

He will choose on 20-12 months-old Jenson Brooksby future, soon after the #NextGenATP American scored the most important win of his vocation to defeat No.53-rated Frances Tiafoe 7-6(4), 7-5. Brooksby attained his to start with Tour-stage ultimate last month in Newport in his grass-court debut, and he continued to back up his breakthrough season as he competed in Washington, D.C. for the initial time.

Brooksby retrieved almost everything that Tiafoe, the household favorite, fired his way and returned it with desire throughout an hour and 53 minutes. The 20-yr-old also impressed on serve, successful 69 per cent (33/48) of details driving his first provide and 76 for each cent (16/21) of 2nd-serve details en route to victory. Brooksby improved to 5-2 at ATP Tour occasions on the period, and 36-7 at all levels the end result. 

Also in action, American Mackenzie McDonald upset the defending winner Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in their first Tour-level assembly. McDonald saved all 5 of the split details he confronted en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory – his initially main draw get since Roland Garros earlier in the time.

McDonald stayed stable to temperature Kyrgios’ major hitting, winning 81 for each cent (29/36) of initial-serve points to choose control of the contest. The Aussie, who was sporting weighty tape on his remaining leg, struggled to hit by means of the courtroom as he was broken after in each set. 

“Eventually, I know I won’t be able to be also challenging on myself. I have not played a great deal of matches or any of that sort of stuff,” Kyrgios reported. “I performed rather ordinary. My body feels really typical.

“But he played effectively. He created enough returns. He played the huge factors nicely. He must be proud. He is a fantastic player. He is a wonderful man, as properly. I’m not getting everything absent from him.”

The 26-year-aged American will future confront 13th seed Benoit Paire, who moved into the next round with a bye.

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