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US Internationals: 2 short laps and then Felix leaves

US Internationals: 2 short laps and then Felix leaves

New York | The US Open follows each other and is not the same in Quebec. Like Leila Fernandez, who was defeated on Wednesday, Felix Auger-Aliassime also showed the door to the exit in the second round, a year after reaching the semi-finals in New York.

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It must be said that Felix faced a good challenge for this second meeting. And in front of him stood Jack Draper, the 20-year-old Briton, who reached the quarter-finals in Montreal three weeks ago, beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, fifth in the world.

And this time it was the sixth candidate’s scalp that the young left-footed player himself had, and soared over the match 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in nearly two hours and 30 minutes of play.

Things got worse from the start due to the pride of L’Ancienne-Lorette, which crashed on his debut on the service.

Quebec has never recovered, unable to find a way to break his opponent today, 53e in the global ranking.

Because if Draper showed 50% of the first serve in play, he won at least 84% of the points in dispute.

“He served very well. I tried to change my positions to try to destabilize him, but it didn’t work, I analyzed Felix in front of the reporters. Except maybe at the end of the third set, where I could come back. He also has a very good backhand, doesn’t make many mistakes. He has the chance, he can also hit hard.

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41 unintended errors

The next two rounds were like the first. Each time, Auger-Aliassime took a break and could not catch up.

He certainly took three break opportunities in this match, but none of them materialized.

But above all, the 22-year-old was drowned out by the difficulty of keeping the ball in play, making 41 unforced errors in the confrontation, some at critical moments.

“I’ve won matches lately, and I’ve lost some too, Felix pointed out. Every time, you have to find solutions, and sometimes they don’t work. It’s not a good feeling, especially like in the game. [comme celui de mercredi]I saw myself winning.”

“It’s hard to be led like that, to see matches go by and not be able to get back to the top, it’s hard.”

great predictions

Prior to the tournament, Felix 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 semi-finals, it means that I can reach the final.

Believing that he had a good image “on paper”, he also predicted the quarter-final match against Russian Daniil Medvedev, to whom he lost four times on many occasions, but almost beat him in Australia, at the start of the match. general.

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

He will face Russia’s Karen Khachanov, 31e around the world on Friday. Quebec, who will be out of the top ten because of this result, is the one who had to defend the points collected in the semi-finals last year.

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Within two weeks, it should be about 12e Rank.

Maybe the Davis Cup?

Felix doesn’t yet know exactly what his schedule will be for the next few weeks. He knows that he will play the Laver Cup in London, from September 23-25, and he is the one who has been drafted into the “World” team.

But he also does not rule out participating in the Davis Cup final, which begins on September 13 in Valencia. In this competition by country, 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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