Auger-Aliassime, who has a smooth serve, defeats Frenchman Hales in the first round in Marseille
Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime qualified for the second round of the Provence Open tennis tournament, defeating Frenchman Quentin Halles 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday in Marseille, France.
Montreal’s Auger-Aliassime, seeded seventh in Marseille, served the game better. He won 80 percent of his service points, including an astonishing 93 percent (27 of 29) on first serve.
“I think I started in a perfect way, hitting my goals, being aggressive and keeping him in defense without too much time,” Auger-Aliassime said. “So the start was perfect and then he was serving very well in the second set until I got lucky with a double fault.
“I was trying to put pressure on him whenever I had a second serve (to return). I think I played a very complete match.”
Hales hit 10 aces in the match, compared to Auger-Aliassime’s eight. But while the Frenchman showed he could match the Canadian’s power, he came in a distant second in terms of accuracy, converting just 56 per cent of service points.
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Auger-Aliassime saved the only break point he faced while converting three of five break points against Hales.
The world number 28, who reached the final twice in Marseille, improved his career record at the tournament to 8-3.
“I love playing well here. I have great memories,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I’ve reached the final twice, so obviously I won some matches here but I couldn’t get to the final. Let’s see if I can be part of another final here, but the week is still very early and there’s still a lot of tennis to play.”
Auger-Aliassime, who qualified for the semi-finals last week in Montpellier, France, will face Chinese world number 50 Zhang Zhichen in the second round.
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