Internationals of the United States: two short tours and then Félix leaves


NEW YORK | The US Open follows one another and is not the same for Quebec. Like Leylah Fernandez, beaten on Wednesday, Félix Auger-Aliassime was also shown the exit door in the second round, a year after reaching the semifinals in New York.

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It must be said that Félix faced a great challenge for this second meeting. Ahead of him was Jack Draper, a 20-year-old Brit who had reached the quarter-finals in Montreal three weeks ago, meanwhile beating Greek Stefanos Tsitispas, fifth in the world.

And this time it was the scalp of the sixth favorite that the young southpaw offered, flying over the match 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4, in almost 2 hours and 30 minutes of play.

Things get complicated from the start due to the pride of L’Ancienne-Lorette, shocked at his first appearance at the service.

Quebecer never recovered, unable to find a way to beat his rival of the day, 53And in the world rankings.

Because if Draper showed a low 50% of the first serve in play, he won no less than 84% of the points played on them.

“It served very well. I tried to vary my positions to try to destabilize him, but it didn’t work, Félix analyzed in front of reporters. Except maybe at the end of the third set, where I could go back. He also has a great backhand, he doesn’t make too many mistakes. But when he gets a chance, he can also hit pretty hard.

41 unforced errors

The next two rounds were like the first. Each time Auger-Aliassime conceded a break and failed to recover.

He certainly took advantage of three break chances in this match, but he didn’t materialize any.

But above all, the 22-year-old was overwhelmed by the difficulty in keeping the ball in play, author of 41 unforced errors in the match, some of which in critical moments.

“I’ve won games lately, I’ve also lost a few,” Félix pointed out. Every time, you have to find solutions and sometimes it doesn’t work. Not a good feeling, especially like in a game [comme celui de mercredi]that I have seen myself win “.

Being guided like this, seeing the matches go by and not being able to get back in the lead, is difficult “.

great expectations

Before the tournament, Félix said he has high expectations in New York, where he is enjoying himself.

“I don’t like to say I want to do the same thing as last year,” he said. Because if I reach the semifinal, it means that I can make it to the final.

Believing he had a good picture “on paper”, he also anticipated a quarter-final against Russian Daniil Medvedev, against whom he lost four times on as many occasions, but whom he nearly beat in Australia at the beginning of the year.

More offensive, more opportunistic, Draper however thwarted Auger-Aliassime’s expectations.

It is he who will face the Russian Karen Khachanov, 31 years oldAnd around the world, Friday. The Quebecer will come out of the top 10 for this result, he who had to defend the points accumulated in the semifinals last year.

In two weeks, it should aim for around 12And rank.

Maybe the Davis Cup?

Félix still doesn’t know exactly what his schedule will be for the next few weeks. He knows that he will play the Laver Cup in London, from 23 to 25 September, he who has been recruited into the “World” team.

But it also does not rule out participation in the Davis Cup final, which will start on 13 September in Valencia. In this nationwide competition, Canada is part of a tough group that also includes Spain, Serbia and South Korea.

He will make his decision “in the next few days”.

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