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WIMBLEDON, UK – Quebec’s Félix Auger-Aliassime quarter-finals missed the first round of Wimbledon last year.
At the end of a marathon that lasted more than four hours, the ninth racquet in the world and sixth seeded lost 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) ahead of Maxime American Cressy.
The two players did not give an inch to the service, exchanging only five break opportunities in total in this match, four of which came from Auger-Aliassime. Cressy managed to convert only one, significant, in the second set.
For the 25-year-old American, who for the first time was on the field of the All England Club, this is the first victory in five duels against tennis players of the world top-10. It was also the first confrontation between the two men.
Auger-Aliassime offered a first match point on a too strong forehand in the tiebreaker of the fourth inning. On the second serve, Cressy opts for a quick serve, moving the ball away from Auger-Aliassime on her right. The 21-year-old from Quebec was unable to reach her before taking a second leap, confirming the American’s victory.
Despite dominating with 28 aces and 64 winners (versus 18 and 59), Auger-Aliassime was a little less successful on the first serve than his 60 vs 63% opponent. But it is on the second serve that the difference is more marked: Cressy has won 635 balls played on such occasions, against only 50% of Auger-Aliassime, who also committed eight double fouls and 27 unforced errors.
Shoulder to shoulder
Both players won their serves throughout the first set. The only break point of the set is obtained by Auger-Aliassime, on 5-5, but Cressy saves.
This is the only break point that the American will offer in the entire duel.
In the tie-break, Auger-Aliassime gets the mini-break on Cressy’s first serve. The American then committed a double fault to allow the sixth seeded to take the 3-2 lead. The Montrealer won the next two rallies creating a three-point gap, which proved insurmountable. Auger-Aliassime took the set to their second set point.
The first break of the match will finally be the American, who won in the third game of the second set taking the lead 2-1. Both players maintained their serve until the end of the set, allowing Cressy to create parity on the playing court.
At the break in the third set, the two players saved two set points. The third, however, will be the good one for Cressy, who offered it on the silver platter Auger-Aliassime, who committed a double fault, the fifth of the match at that moment, to give the set and the advantage to the 25-year-old American. one year.
Auger-Aliassime showed great flickers in the fourth set, but Cressy didn’t give up and his inspired play led him to the second round.
Shapovalov arrived in the 5th set
Moments later, on Field 16, Auger-Aliassime compatriot Denis Shapovalov needed five innings to defeat Arthur Rinderknech 6-1, 6-7, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-1.
The 13And Seeded in the competition flew through the first set 6-1 and has seen his rival respond thereafter. The 62And racket world took the honors of the next two sets in the tiebreaker.
Shapovalov forced a final set with a 6-4 win and has since raced to victory.
At the next round the Canadian has an appointment with the American and 56And ranked player, Brandon Nakashima.