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‘It’s a good start’: Canada’s Auger-Aliassime advances to Australian Open 4th round


Canada Félix Auger-Alias beat Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The Montreal-born player hit nine aces and won 85% of the first serve, in addition to breaking six of the 20 chances.

He also had 38 goals against Cerundolo’s 22 in a match on Friday afternoon in Melbourne.

After making it through the third set, sixth seed Auger-Aliassime faced a sizable test from Cerundolo in the fourth set.

After going 2-1 down, 22-year-old Auger-Aliassime hit three games in a row to take a 4-2 lead.

However, Cerundolo cut the gap in the deficit thanks to an error by the Canadian after a forehand winner gave him the advantage after a foul.

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Then it becomes a reciprocal relationship where the two will fight each other after each win.

But that didn’t work for the Argentine, as Auger-Aliassime got through the final set, taking the match point with an ace.

Auger-Aliassime, who advanced to the fourth round in Melbourne for the third year in a row, said: “I played a bit tight and didn’t win the second set and he did, so credit. for him. “I’m pleased with the way I was able to turn the tide and the last two sets are probably one of my best so far in this tournament.

“It’s a good start and a pleasure to pass.”

Auger-Aliassime will meet Jiri Lehecka next in a Round of 16 match on Sunday.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov was defeated in a third round match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkaczv in the men’s singles. Richmond Hill, Ont. the natives fought back from the previous two sets to force a decisive fifth set, but ultimately failed with a score of 6-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6.

In the women’s doubles, Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and partner Giuliana Olmos of Mexico defeated Shelby Rogers of the United States and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania with a score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round.

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Dabrowski and Olmos hit three aces with just one double error and won 73% of the first serve. They also broke 5 out of 9 chances.


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The third-seeded duo had 25 wins against their opponent’s 21.

Dabrowski and Olmos will next meet Swiss pair Belinda Bencic and Jil Teichmann.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and America’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands fell 7-6 (5), 4-6, 3-6 to Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil and Zhang Shuai of China in their first match. surname.

After winning the opening set, Fernandez and Mattek-Sands parted ways after a great start in the second set.

The duo won the first four games of the mid-set. From there, Haddad Maia and Zhang took the lead with six games in a row to win the set.

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In the third inning, they continued their momentum, winning three of the first four. Fernandez and Mattek-Sands couldn’t get any closer in round two in hopes of a comeback.

Fernandez and Mattek-Sands broke four of their 12 chances against their opponents 6 to 10.

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