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.

watched Auger-Aliassime achieves his eighth win in 11 matches in Marseille:

Felix Auger-Aliassime qualifies for the round of 16 in Marseille

Seventh-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal made short work of local favorite Quentin Hales, 6-2, 7-5, to advance at the 13th Open in Marseille, France.

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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Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to the semi-finals of the Open Sud de France

Third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal defeated Frenchman Harold Mayotte 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the Open of the South of France in Montpellier.

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