Felix Auger-Aliassime out of Montpellier following an Australian Open thriller



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Felix Auger-Aliassime out of Montpellier following an Australian Open thriller

Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime has withdrawn from Montpellier. Auger-Aliassime, 21, won't be making his second Montpellier appearance this year. Auger-Aliassime made his Montpellier debut in 2020, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The decision to withdraw from Montpellier shouldn't come as a surprise as Auger-Aliassime lost a grueling match on Wednesday. Auger-Aliassime was a set away from stunning Daniil Medvedev but the world No. 2 recovered to win 6-7 (4) 3-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 6-4 and progress into the Australian Open semifinal.

Auger-Aliassime reflected on the loss

“I can go back and think I wish I made different choices, or I wish Daniil didn't play as good in certain moments. But, yeah, it was a good effort,” Auger-Aliassime said.

“At the end of the day, I can't regret the effort that I put, and the chances I gave myself. I like to look at it in a positive way. “Of course I would have loved to win. I love to win every time. It sucks to lose in the end, but that's life.

I just need to accept it”. Auger-Aliassime fell just short of beating Medvedev but proved to himself that he's capable of playing well against the world's best players. “I always believed I could produce what I did tonight.

I showed it, but definitely it's the difference between knowing that you have this inside of you and actually showing up and doing it and being close [to] winning,” Auger-Aliassime said. “But of course it's good, I mean, it's good for myself.

It's a world of competition, so at the end of the day I think it's a good message that I send to my fellow players, the people I'm competing with. “I’m ready to test myself with the best, and I have proved it now time after time”. Following the withdrawal of Auger-Aliassime, a place in the Montpellier main draw opened for Corentin Moutet.