FélixAuger-Aliassime will meet his compatriot and good friend Denis Shapovalov on the clay court in Barcelona, Spain this week.
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This will be the fifth conflict in the ATP Tour between Auger-Aliassime, No. 20 in the world, and Shapovalov, No. 14.
The Quebecers won their only match on clay court in Madrid in 2019. He was also the one who won the final matchup at the Australian Open earlier this year. In Melbourne, he eliminated the 22-year-old Ontarian in the third round 7-5, 7-5, 6-3. Shapovalov won two other duels on the hard court at the same time.
“Playing with him has always been a challenge. I hope I can play a good game and we can fight a good fight,” Auger-Aliassime interviewed UbiTennis after winning the second round Shi said.
The Quebecer worked hard in the first game of the game. Indeed, he needs three games and 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach De Musetti, who is 87th in the world.
Thanks to the 32-round pass, Auger-Aliassime committed four double faults in the game and conceded two goals. However, he successfully paid off, breaking serve 5 out of 12 times. He earned 58% of points, or 92 points out of 159 points.
“I’m very happy that I won, but sometimes things get tricky in the game. Auger-Aliassime said that in the second set I encountered more break points and tightened up. I tried to stay calm and find a solution.
“There have been ups and downs, but I am satisfied with the way it ends. Sometimes, you don’t play the best tennis, but you have to believe in it and have the courage to fight for it.”