Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the San Diego Open just hours before the Grigor Dimitrov clash. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 11 in the world had a first round bye in San Diego. Auger-Aliassime was scheduled to start his San Diego Open campaign on Thursday but an injury prevented him from stepping out on the court.
The match between Auger-Aliassime and former world No. 3 Dimitrov was expected to highlihht the round-of-16 action at the San Diego Open. Auger-Aliassime was replaced by lucky loser August Holmgren, who lost to August Holmgren in straight sets.
Auger-Aliassime last played at the Laver Cup
Auger-Aliassime put up a great performance in his lone singles match played at the Laver Cup but he fell short as Matteo Berrettini won 6-7 (3) 7-5 10-8. "Of course it's disappointing to lose.
At the same time I think I have showed and reflected how much this team wants to win. You know, it's only the start of the weekend, we've got a lot of matches ahead and I'm aire we are going to give it everything to win," Auger-Aliassime said.
Berrettini admitted even he didn't know how he beat Auger-Aliassime. After the match, Berrettini admitted he didn't know how he pulled off a comeback win over Auger-Aliassime. "I don't know," Berrettini said, when asked how did he overturn the deficit against Auger-Aliassime.
Just fighting. I felt the match was really hard. You know, Felix was playing really good, not giving me anything, no mistakes, serving really well. I felt a different energy, to know that I'm playing for my team, not just for myself, for my family.
I felt great and they helped me a lot." Team World captain John McEnroe absolutely enjoyed the Auger-Aliassime and Berrettini clash. "I've got to say the match Felix just played with Matteo... I've been part of the Laver Cup, this is my fourth time doing it... One of the best matches bar none that I've ever seen played, absolutely just enthralling," McEnroe said.