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It was a first win against a player in the top 20 for Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will be 18 on Wednesday.
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime has reached the second round at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, surprising the French Lucas Pouille 6-4 and 6-3.
It was a first win against a player in the top 20 for the young Quebecer, who will be 18 on Wednesday. Auger-Aliassime occupies the 133rd rank in the ATP, while Puglia is the 18th.
The favorite of the crowd put an end to the debate by 78 minutes, picking up the victory with his first ball of the game, when Pouille was sent a backhand too far.
Auger-Aliassime has won three of the four breaks in the match, saving more than five balls break on six. He added five aces, including four in the second heat.
The Montrealer was impressed by taking the lead 3-0 in the first inning, en route to the second victory da his career in the series Masters. His next rival will be Russian Daniil Medvedev, 68th.
The other young canadian star, the Ontario 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, has also obtained his ticket to the second round by defeating easily the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in two sets of 6-1, 6-4.
After having experienced a course lecture, at the Rogers Cup last year, Shapovalov started his career by winning 80 % of his points in the first service. He has converted three of his five balls of breakage, and it has not been broken in the confrontation, which lasted a little over an hour.
Ranked the 26th largest in the world, which makes him the best paddle canadian, Shapovalov has pushed a cry of satisfaction when he confirmed his victory in front of a crowd including the captain of the Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid.
In the next round, the player from Richmond Hill will be crossing the iron with the Italian Fabio Fognini (no. 14), on Wednesday.
The Serbian Novak Djokovic, four-time champion of the tournament, prevailed 6-3 and 7-6 (7) in front of Mirza Basic, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ninth-seeded, Djokovic has collected nine aces. In the second round, the defending champion of Wimbledon will face off against Toronto’s Peter Polansky.
The former no. 3 in the world Stanislas Wawrinka has defeated the 16th-seeded Nick Kyrgios 1-6, 7-5, 7-5. Wawrinka, winner of three major tournaments, began the tournament in 195th level, after having been operated to his knee.
The Swiss had to initially go through the process of qualifications, but he has received his pass in the result of the removal of the old no. 1 in the world Andy Murray.
Kyrgios, an Australian, broke Wawrinka twice and managed seven aces in the first set only.
Wawrinka, however, has rebounded, and it has converted 86 % of his first balls at the service to claim the second set. The tennis 33-year-old has also benefited in the second set, a break medical requested by Kyrgios, visibly weakened by an injury to a hip. It has not been the same thereafter.
The Swiss was broken in the last game of the third set and converted his second match ball, while the Australian was simply unable to control its return.
The Dutch Robin Haase has defeated Japanese Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-1, American Sam Querrey was disposed of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5, and the Russian Karen Khachanov has ousted the Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-2.