A year that started badly for Félix Auger-Aliassime

A year off to a bad start for Félix Auger-Aliassime


The year got off to a bad start for Félix Auger-Aliassime, who lost 6-4, 7-6 (5) to local favorite Alexei Popyrin, 120th in the world, Monday in Adelaide, in Australia. 

“FAA” faltered for the first time in the 10th game of the first set, offering his first three break points to his opponent. The latter took advantage of the third to make the break. He then resisted a break attempt himself in the next game to save himself with the set.

The Quebecer responded with a break on his first attempt in the second period, but he did not was unable to maintain his lead, and he eventually bowed out in the tiebreaker.

Auger-Aliassime was the second favorite of this tournament, behind Novak Djokovic. Denis Shapovalov will also be in action on Tuesday. He will also face an Australian, Rinky Hijikata.

Vasek Pospisil was in action in doubles with none other than Djokovic. Against doubles specialists Tomislav Brkic and Gonzalo Escobar, they lost 4-6, 6-3 35 10-5.

Fernandez easily

Leylah Fernandez outscored Czech Brenda Fruhvirtova 6-1 in straight sets in Auckland, New Zealand to advance to the second round of this WTA 250 tournament.

Fernandez was formidable in return, winning no less than five of the seven games in which Fruhvirtova had the ball in hand. She had five breaks in 10 occasions.

Despite a low percentage of 59% of first serves in play, the 40th player in the WTA rankings has never lost her serve, withstanding four opportunities of the 132nd racquet in the world.

Fernandez now has an appointment with the Austrian Julia Grabher (82nd).

Marino too

If Fernandez reaches the third round, she could cross swords with her compatriot Rebecca Marino (63rd), who overcame the Hungarian Dalma Galfi (83rd) 6-3 and 7-6 (3) in the first round in the same portion of the table.

Marino quickly built a 5-0 lead in this game, thanks in particular to a service game during which she erased five break points.< /p>

Before thinking about Fernandez, Marino will have to defeat the Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure (95th) in the second round.