Defeat against Medvedev: Auger-Aliassime came close to creating a surprise

Quebec’s Félix Auger-Aliassime came close to creating an upset in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne, but his rival Daniil Medvedev never gave up after dropping the first two sets and came back from the back to access the four aces.

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The No. 2 player in the world, the Russian prevailed 6-7(4), 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4, needing more than 4h 30m to claim the ninth seed. tournament series. In this duel momentarily interrupted by the rain, the time to close the roof of the stadium, Auger-Aliassime had the opportunity to finish in the fourth set, but his opponent saved a match point to possibly prolong hostilities.

In the last set, the winner broke to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back despite the good efforts of Auger-Aliassime, who, with a bandage on his right ankle, had a chance to break in the eighth game and two more in the last.

Medvedev thus achieved the same feat as in the second round of Wimbledon last year. He also came from a two-set deficit, defeating Croatian Marin Cilic. He also has four wins in as many career outings against the Canadiens. A few weeks ago, he had the last laugh at his expense in an ATP Cup clash.

In this confrontation, which ended after midnight, local time, the athlete from La Belle Province dominated 18-15 in terms of aces and committed four double faults, compared to nine for his opponent. Medvedev broke three times in five attempts, while Auger-Aliassime capitalized on two of his 11 break points. This one totaled 75 unforced errors, against 53 for the Russian.

In the semi-finals, the winner will cross swords with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fourth in the world, who easily defeated the Italian Jannik Sinner (10e). In the other semis match, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal will have the Italian Matteo Berrettini in front of him.

Besides Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov also reached the quarters in Melbourne this year. Two other Canadians had previously achieved such a feat. Milos Raonic has made it to this stage five times in Australia, while Mike Belkin pulled it off in 1968.




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