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Felix Auger-Aliassime faces Norway's Ruud in the quarterfinals

Montreal has several advantages. He plays at home in front of a packed crowd, and the fast courts at the IGA Stadium are in his favor.

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Pat Hickey  •  Montreal Gazette
Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime had 15 aces and won 92 per cent of the points on his first serve in his win on Thursday.
Montreal's Félix Auger-Aliassime had 15 service aces. Has 92 wins per game. cents on points on his first serve in Thursday's victory. Photo Credit: Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

Seeded No. 4 in the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open. against Casper Rude.

"He's one of the most consistent and consistent players on the tour right now," said sixth-seeded Ogier Aliassime. “We all know his quality on clay, but last year I feel he improved a lot on all his shots. , as well as serve.He's very physical.

"I've known him for a long time," added the Montrealer. “I remember playing in Miami many years ago. He beat me on clay this year in Madrid, but he’s not easy to beat. It was no coincidence.”

Auger-Aliassime has several advantages.

He will play in front of a sold out crowd at home, and his court at IGA Stadium Fast will do him a favor. 6-4, especially if he serves as he did when he beat Great Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-3 on Thursday.The Canadian has his 15 aces and on his first serve he scored 92% of the points.

He might be fresh too. He overtook Norry in his 72nd minute and Ruud was on the court over his three hours, but 14th seed Roberto Bautista He beat Agut (Spain) to his 6-7 (4) 7-6 lead. (4) defeated by 6 to get his first win of his career. -4.

Nick said Kyrgios wasn't feeling well and had a hard time playing fellow Australian Alex De Minaur, but won 6-2, 6-3. , remained the hottest player on the tour. He has won 15 of his last 16 matches and lost only once in the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic.

"I feel very confident and I think I'm playing well," Kyrgios said. "Even though I'm tired, I hit the ball well. I didn't think I served well today, but I'm confident in my returns and playing from behind.

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"Forms are temporary. They go up and down," added Kyrgios. “Now I play so well that people feel a little nervous about playing me. I have to use that to my advantage. I've been through a lot, I just got a lot of fuel and I know deep down what I'm playing for, there's a lot that inspires me and motivates me Yeah, I'm tired, but I'm still going to go out and play well."

Kyrgios now faces No. 8 seed Hubert Hulkasz (Poland) and Albert Ramos Vinolas (Spain). defeated 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(3).

He has no seed left in the bottom half of the draw.

The biggest surprise was British qualifier Jack Draper. The 20-year-old had a ticket to the last eight when No. 17 seed Gaël Monfils of France retired with a heel injury.

Draper's next move was Spaniard Pablo Carreño, who beat No. 7 seed Yannick Sinner of Italy 6-2, 6-4.

In the final quarterfinal matchup, USA's Tommy Paul faces Great Britain's Daniel Evans. Paul set a tournament record Wednesday by taking 3 hours and 20 minutes to beat second-seeded Carlos Alcalaz, but edged out 13th seed Marin Cilic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-. 2 won.

Evans defeated No. 10 seed Taylor He Fritz he beat 7-6 (5) 1-6, 7-5.

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  1. The statistics heavily favoured Montrea's Félix Auger-Aliassime in his match against Britain's Cameron Norrie. Auger-ALiassime went to the net 11 times and won 10 of those points. He also had 29 winners to only 11 for Norrie.

    Félix Auger-Aliassime crashes into the Montreal quarters

  2. Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime hits a backhand against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during the semifinals of the Mifel ATP Los Cabos Open 2022 at Cabo Sports Complex on August 05, 2022 in San José del Cabo, Mexico.

    Felix Auger-Aliassime has high hopes for the National Bank Open

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