ATP: Félix Auger-Aliassime arrested in the quarterfinals in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain – Félix Auger-Aliassime’s journey to the Barcelona Open ended in the quarter-finals after a very long day on Spanish clay.

Third-placed Auger-Aliassime lost to Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Quebecer missed a great opportunity to regain the break scored by the tournament’s sixth seedling early in the final set. Auger-Aliassime served late at 2-4 and blew three straight break points at 40-0. Instead, Schwartzman won five straight rallies to save with the game and take a serious option on his pass to the quad.

Schwartzman didn’t miss the opportunity and signed the win with his first match point.

Auger-Aliassime failed to convert his chances in this duel, converting just two of the 10 break points offered to him by Schwartzman, who in turn had four break points in six opportunities.

The Argentinian, like the Quebecer, secured his place in the quarter-finals in the morning with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Italian Lorenzo Musetti.

Félix Auger-Aliassime’s long day started on the right foot, however, as American Frances Tiafoe defeated American Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-4 after an hour and 52 minutes in their first game of the day, while allowing him that to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Due to bad weather conditions in Barcelona on Thursday, most of the scheduled games have been postponed by one day. Consequently, Auger-Aliassime had to return to the field for their quarter-final match after a few hours’ break.

Tsitsipas continues on his way… for a moment

Big winner in Monte Carlo last week Stefanos Tsitsipas was also in action.

The Greek favorite, author of six breaks, defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-4 to find himself in the quarters.

At this point, however, he was defeated by local favorite Carlos Alcaraz.

The 18-year-old Spaniard, who was champions in Rio and Miami this year, prevailed 6-4, 5-7 and 6-2, thanks in particular to five breaks.

His rival on Saturday will be Alex de Minaur, who defeated Cameron Norrie 6-3, 5-7 and 6-1.

Second seed Casper Ruud defeated Emil Ruusuvuori 6-2, 6-2 before losing to Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-3.

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