For his quarter-final match, Félix Auger-Aliassime will have a big client in front of him: Casper Ruud.
With the top three tournament favorites eliminated, the Norwegian is now the highest ranked player still in contention. Ruud, seventh player in the world, will do everything to break the party on the center Thursday.
Auger-Aliassime and Ruud have faced each other twice since the start of their career.
Each player has won a victory so far.
The Quebecer won in 2019 in Miami while his next opponent had the last word last year in Spain.
A very interesting clash between two players of the new generation. It could be a very close duel.
“I saw Casper play [against Roberto Bautista Agut], analyzed the pride of the Ahuntsic borough. It was a very high level match.
“ He is a player who made a final in a Masters on hard court. He is very good on clay, but he is becoming a very complete player. He will be a tough opponent to face.
“Tomorrow [Friday] will be a very good test to see where I stand. ”
After a tougher opener, Auger-Aliassime looked more relaxed in their clash against Norrie. We felt he was in full possession of his faculties on the field.
“The fact of having passed the first game, it took a heavy weight off my shoulders, indicated Auger-Aliassime. After three years of absence, to get me out in the first game, it would have been disappointing. Winning this first duel freed me.
“Now I can focus on the rest of the tournament. As I do the rest of the year. ”
Auger-Aliassime got off to a strong start with four cannonballs on serve, including two aces.
“From the first strokes of the racquet, I felt more liberated. I felt good. Him [Norrie] was also in a good light.
“Until the middle of the set, I was not calm about winning the match in two sets like that happened. »