Cincinnati — Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Richmond Denis Shapovalov Ontario Hill advanced to the third round of the Western& Southern Open Masters level tennis tournament with a win Wednesday.
Seventh-seeded Auger-Aliassime progressed well, beating Australia's Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-2.
Shapovalov then joined his friend and compatriot in his 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Tommy his pole. Next to Shapovalov is world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev (Russia).
Auger-Aliassime overcame 17 unforced his errors and in a match that took 1 hour and 18 minutes he scored 71% of his points served and 48% of his return points. .
It was Auger-Aliassime's first encounter with world No. 20 Minnow on his ATP Tour. They split his two bouts at challenger level, with Auger helping Ariassime win his 2017 quarter-finals of the tournament in Drummondville, Quebec, and the following year, in the quarter-finals in Braga, Portugal. In 2012, his minnow won the race.
Auger-Aliassime has nine aces in Wednesday's game, while De Minaur has three of his. , converted 4 of 6 breakpoints and saved 3 of 4 breakpoints. times.
World No. 9 Auger-Aliassime said after his 6-1, 6-2 loss to Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals of the National Bank his Open in Montreal last week. I rebounded.
"I never thought it would end like it did today," he said after the game.
Auger-Aliassime next faces 10th seed Yannick Sinner of Italy. When the Serb retired he was beating Miomir Kekmanović he was 7-5 3-1.
Auger-Aliassime defeated Sinner in his only matchup in Round 16 of his clay courts at his Masters in Madrid earlier this year.
Shapovalov committed his errors in this match he double faulted 10 times and unforced his 30 times. However, he got timely breaks when needed, including a crucial break in Game 2 of the third set.
It was Shapovalov's first win on pole. The American had won his last two matches, including the final of the 2021 tournament in Stockholm.
Shapovalov has won 2-2 in his last four matches against Medvedev, with the Russian winning his last two matches. The two have not faced off since Medvedev's 6-4, 6-0 in his Cup at Laver in September 2021.
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