Wimbledon | Auger-Aliassime falls, Shapovalov and Andreescu qualify

(Wimbledon) Last year’s quarter-finalist Félix Auger-Aliassime from Quebec did not advance past the first round at the Wimbledon tournament, where his compatriots Denis Shapovalov and Bianca Andreescu continued their journey.

Posted at 3:30pm
Updated at 3:41 p.m

At the end of a marathon match lasting more than four hours, the world’s ninth-ranked slugger and sixth-seedling lost 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) to American Maxime Cressy.

The two players didn’t give their opponents an inch on serve and exchanged just five break chances in total in the match, four of which came from Auger-Aliassime. Cressy was only able to convert a significant one in the second set.

For the 25-year-old American, who was on the pitch of the All England Club for the first time, it is the first victory in five duels against tennis players from the top 10 in the world. It was also the first confrontation between the two men.

Auger-Aliassime offered a first match point with an overpowered forehand in the fourth inning tiebreak. On his second serve, Cressy decided to serve and volley, sending the ball away from Auger-Aliassime to his right. The 21-year-old Quebecer was unable to join her before making a second jump, confirming the American’s victory.

Despite dominating with 28 aces and 64 winners (vs. 18 and 59), Auger-Aliassime had slightly less success on the first serve than his 60vs 63% opponent. But the difference was clearest on the second serve: Cressy won 635 of the balls played on such occasions, versus just 50% for Auger-Aliassime, who also had eight double faults and 27 unforced errors.

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Both players won their serves in the first set. The only break point of the set came from Auger-Aliassime 5-5, but Cressy saved him.

This is the only break point that the American will offer in the whole duel.

In the tie-break, Auger-Aliassime managed the mini-break on Cressy’s first serve. The American then made a double fault to give the sixth seedling a 3-2 lead. The Montreal native won the next two rallies to create a three-point lead that proved insurmountable. Auger-Aliassime took the set with his second set point.

The first break of the match ultimately belongs to the American, who took a 2-1 lead in the third game of the second set, both players holding serve until the end of the set, allowing Cressy to equalize the game.

The two tennis players saved two set balls to break the third set. The third, however, will be the good one for Cressy, who was offered it on a silver platter by Auger-Aliassime, who committed a double fault, then his fifth of the game, to give the set and the advantage for the 25-. year old American.

Auger-Aliassime showed some great flashes in the fourth set but Cressy didn’t give up and his inspired play propelled him through to the second round.

Shapovalov and Andreescu pass

For his part Shapovalov, 13e set, needed five sets to beat Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech 6: 1, 6: 7 (6), 6: 7 (4), 6: 4, 6: 1.

Shapovalov used 20 aces in that game and also converted seven of the 15 break points of the 62e world thug.

The 23-year-old Canadian who is 16e World ranked, also had the advantage in game-winning shots, 58-38, while making fewer unforced errors, 40-45.

Finally, in the women’s category, Andreescu, who had never survived the first round at Wimbledon, won her first match against the American Emina Bektas 6:1, 6:3.

Andreescu, who was the 56the World ranked, capitalized on the generosity of the 224e World Racket by earning five breaks in 10 opportunities. She also had 28 winners against just nine unforced errors, in contrast to her opponent’s 11 winners and 13 unforced errors.

On serve, the 22-year-old Canadian has to find her rhythm: she missed more than 52% of her first serves, but her success rate was outstanding with 91% success on such occasions.

She gave only one break chance to Bektas, who converted her.

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