Australian Open | Félix Auger-Aliassime defeats Dominic Thiem in five rounds

(Melbourne) Félix Auger-Aliassime saved the honor of the Canadians at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Monday, but he had a scare.

The Quebecer defeated the Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 5-7 and 6-3 at the end of the program, after a marathon of four hours and 59 minutes of play at Margaret Court Arena. The match concluded just minutes before 2 a.m. local time in Melbourne.

Auger-Aliassime will meet in the second round with a qualified player, Frenchman Hugo Grenier, 179e world racket.


Dominic Thiem

The 27e The tournament’s top seed seemed headed for an easy victory after the first two rounds, but Thiem, a 30-year-old tennis player who is at 92e world level, roared from the third. Auger-Aliassime nevertheless maintained his calm and pushed the match to the limit. He also created a 1-1 career tie against the Austrian, who had triumphed in their previous duel at the United States Open in 2020. Thiem, who has 17 career singles titles on the circuit ATP, had also lifted the precious trophy that year at Flushing Meadows.

The representative of the maple leaf concluded the meeting with 16 aces and 10 double faults, compared to 15 and 8 respectively for Thiem. Auger-Aliassime, however, committed fewer unforced errors than his opponent (53, compared to 66), and he converted five of his 13 break points. In comparison, Thiem only stole his rival’s serve three times in eight opportunities.

The other Canadians in action Monday were much less fortunate.


Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov was eliminated in the first round, as the 24-year-old Canadian was shown the exit door in three sets of 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

It was a young player from qualifying, Jakub Mensik, who won in two hours 20 minutes over Shapovalov who was returning from a knee injury. He had only played one match since July 9.

Mensik finished the match with 12 aces, including three in a row in the last game of the third set. He committed four double faults and 22 unforced errors.

Mensik hit 63% of his first serves, winning 17 service games and three in return.

Shapovalov hit 12 aces, seven double faults and 50 unforced errors. The left-hander placed 77% of his first balls in play. However, he did not break on any occasion.


Milos Raonic

As for Milos Raonic, he retired in the third round of his clash against a local favorite, Alex de Minaur, tenth seed in the tournament.

The Ontarian won the first set, 7-6 (8), before losing the second 6-3. He was trailing 2-0 when he indicated after an hour and 55 minutes of play that he had to leave the match due to an injury.

“I hope Milos recovers quickly,” de Minaur said. I hate seeing him in this state, and he deserves to be healthy and play to his full potential like he has for so long. I hope he will be back playing quickly.”

Shapovalov and Raonic advanced to the main draw of the first major tournament of the season by virtue of their protected ranking.


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