HALLE, Germany — Quebec’s Félix Auger-Aliassime defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (7), 6-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the grass tournament in Halle.
Auger-Aliassime saved a set point before winning the first set on her second chance.
The ninth racquet in the world then found it easier to beat its rival at world No. 53. Auger-Aliassime earned the game’s first service break in the third game of the second set. He came back two games later and then the rest of the game was a formality.
He finished the match by breaking McDonald’s serve for the third straight game with a strong forehand winner.
“That’s a very positive performance on my part,” said Auger-Aliassime on the ATP microphone. The first set was typical of the grass game, with two good servers winning their service games. It’s the kind of round where anyone who loses it will find it frustrating. We both had good chances of winning. »
Auger-Aliassime had 15 aces throughout the game, saving the only break point he conceded to his opponent.
“Given the level I played at in the second set, I think even if I hadn’t won the first set I would have had a chance to win,” said Auger-Aliassime. As soon as I got the service break in the second set, I started playing better and better. »
In the quarter-finals, Auger-Aliassime meets Hubert Hurkacz from Poland, who is twelfth in the world rankings. Hurkacz defeated the Frenchman Ugo Humbert 7:6 (5), 6:3.
Shapovalov eventually lost in three sets
For his part, Canadian Denis Shapovalov lowered his flag in the first round of the Queen’s Club tournament.
American Tommy Paul defeated Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Wednesday in a match that started Tuesday but was abandoned after two sets due to darkness.
The match ended when Shapovalov netted a backhand. The two men only spent 41 minutes on the pitch on Wednesday but their duel officially lasted 2 hours and 2 minutes.
Paul, world number 35, got the decisive service break in the seventh game of the third set. At 3-5, Shapovalov saved a match point before winning the game, but Paul closed the books afterwards.
Shapovalov, sixth at Queen’s Club, has lost his last five games, the last two of them on grass. The Wimbledon tournament starts on June 27th.
In the second round Paul meets the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.
In the other games of the show, Marin Cilic defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6(6), 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals, while Botic van de Zandschulp advanced to the next round, defeating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5). , 6-3.
Finishing seventh, Cilic won the Queen’s Club twice, in 2012 and 2018. This is his 15th time at the tournament. He meets qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori in the quarterfinals, who beat Britain’s Jack Draper 6-2, 7-6(2).
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina meets van de Zandschulp after beating Alex de Minaur 4-6 6-4 7-5.