Sports Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
Montreal's Auger-Aliassime scores huge win with upset of idol Federer
Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime posted one of the biggest wins of his tennis career Wednesday when he upset former No. 1 Roger Federer 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16 of the Noventi Halle Open grass-court event in Germany. “It’s an amazing win, and I for sure didn’t expect this,” a grinning Auger-Aliassime said in an on-court interview. “You come into the match wanting to win, but Roger was my idol, like many of us growing up. It was a huge honour to play him before he retired, and to beat him is something amazing that I will always cherish.” Federer, a 10-time winner at Halle, was playing against the 20-year-old for the first time. The pair share the same birthday, Aug.
STUTTGART, Germany — Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading to the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open.
The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, beat South Africa's Lloyd Harris 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a second-round match on Thursday at the ATP Tour 250 grass-court event.
Auger-Aliassime won 81 per cent of his points when he got his first serve in and saved nine of 10 break points against the 54th-ranked Harris.
The Canadian, who got a bye in the first round, is playing his first grass event of the season after bowing out of the French Open in the opening round.
Auger-Aliassime will face world No. 32 Ugo Humbert of France in the quarterfinals.
Top seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was scheduled to face Spain's Feliciano Lopez in a second-round match later Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 10, 2021.
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