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WIMBLEDON, UK – Quarterfinalist Félix Auger-Aliassime of Quebec did not advance past the first round at Wimbledon last year.
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.
shoulder to shoulder
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 went into the 5th set
Moments later, Auger-Aliassime’s compatriot Denis Shapovalov, in 16th place, needed five innings to defeat Arthur Rinderknech 6-1, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-1.
The 13the The seeded player flew 6-1 through the first set and saw how his rival reacted afterwards. The 62nde Racket World took the honors of the next two sets in the tiebreak.
Shapovalov forced a final set with a 6-4 win and then raced to victory.
In the next round, the Canadian has a date with the American and 56e Ranked Player Brandon Nakashima.