Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading to the third spherical of the Australian Open after profitable one other tight match on Thursday.
THIRD ROUND BOUND @felixtennis takes the fourth set and the match to finish a titanic 4-hour battle towards Davidovich-Fokina!#TennisNation #AusOpen | @nationalbank pic.twitter.com/X2teED1apI
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The No. 9 seed, from Montreal, beat world No. 50 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in a second-round match that lasted 4 hours 19 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime wanted 5 units to get by Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland within the first spherical.
The Canadian will face No. 24 seed Daniel Evans of Nice Britain within the third spherical. Evans is 1-0 lifetime towards Auger-Aliassime, profitable at an Australian Open tune-up occasion final 12 months.
The British participant additionally has performed far much less tennis than Auger-Aliassime this week, profitable his opener in straight units earlier than getting a walkover within the second spherical.
Auger-Aliassime battled again from a break down within the fourth set to win the match. He went low to hit a fantastic volley to win the match within the fourth tiebreaker.
The Canadian made a whopping 83 unforced errors, however escaped with the win thanks largely to a dominant serve.
Auger-Aliassime got here into the primary Grand Slam of the season driving momentum after serving to Canada seize the ATP Cup workforce title earlier this month in Australia.
No. 14 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will face No. 23 seed Reilly Opelka of the US in a third-round match on Friday.
In the meantime, the sixth-seeded girls’s doubles workforce of Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico beat Camila Osorio of Colombia and Clara Burel of France 6-2, 6-3 in a first-round match.