(Rome) Félix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu reached the quarterfinals of the Italian Tennis Open on Thursday.
Posted at 10:34 am
Auger-Aliassime, ranked eighth in the tournament, edged out American Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2 after an hour and 28 minutes on Roman clay, while compatriot Andreescu 6-4, 6-4 with Croatia’s Petra Martic was measured .
The Quebecois now has a career record of 2-0 against Giron, who is 60and World footballer after beating him in the quarterfinals of the Halle Lawn Tournament last year. For Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, it was her first career encounter against Martic, 47and world thug.
Auger-Aliassime proved particularly effective on serve, as evidenced by his 11 aces. He also won 84% of his points on his first serve and 54% on his second. Also, the 21-year-old tennis player converted four of his eight break points and was broken by Giron just once in three attempts.
In the quarter-finals, Auger-Aliassime meets world number 1, Serbian Novak Djokovic, who sharply defeated Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-2. It will be the first career duel between Djokovic and Auger-Aliassime.
For his part, Andreescu knocked out Martic after a duel that lasted one hour and 43 minutes. Notably, she managed four aces against three for her opponent and committed half as many double faults as her at three. The Ontarian struggled to get the point on her first serve and was limited to a success rate of just 67.8% compared to 80.8% for the Croatian.
On the other hand, she was more opportunistic than Martic with three breaks from four opportunities while her rival missed six of her seven chances to break her.
The Canadian will be busy in the quarterfinals when she meets the tournament’s favorite, Poland’s Iga Swiatek. Earlier in the morning he signed his 25thand straight win and beat ex-world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1.
Ontario’s Denis Shapovalov could join Auger-Aliassime and Andreescu in the quarterfinals later today but he needs to get past Rafael Nadal of Spain first.