In a battle between Canada’s most enjoyable tennis prodigies, Felix Auger-Aliassime has trounced 11th seed Denis Shapovalov in straight units.
The 20-year-old utterly outplayed his Shapovalov, hitting 31 winners to say an enthralling match 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.
Auger-Aliassime progresses to the fourth spherical of a Grand Slam for simply the second time in his profession in what’s his first go to to the Australian Open.
Each gamers could not be separated in the course of the opening set, holding their serve earlier than Auger-Aliassime secured the essential break at 6-5 when Shapovalov dedicated an unforced error on his forehand.
He carried that momentum into the second set after Shapovalov surrendered his serve early, earlier than once more braeking within the 12 recreation hitting a robust forehand winner.
From there ascendency was firmly in Auger-Aliassime’s favour.
He once more clinched an early break with a poweful brow forcing an error from Shapovalov within the second recreation.
Shapovalov pushed exhausting to reel himself in to the sport, saving two break factors to hold on within the third.
However Auger-Aliassime proved too robust and held on for the straight units victory.
GAME, SET, MATCH. 🇨🇦
Onto the second week at a Grand Slam for the second time in his profession and for the primary on the AO. pic.twitter.com/a642Ue7HES
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) February 12, 2021
The loss for Shapovalov continues his poor document in Grand Slams.
Excluding 1 / 4 ultimate berth eventually 12 months’s US Open, a spot within the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows in 2017 is the perfect the 21-year-old world No. 12 has managed.
Whereas Aliasame might be hoping to achieve the quarter finals for the primary time in a Grand Slam when he faces Russian Aslan Karatsev within the fourth-round.