Felix Auger-Aliassime didn't want to take anything away from Taylor Fritz following their ATP Finals match but suggested that the fatigue and exhaustion probably played in a part in why he didn't perform well in the third set.
On Thursday, Auger-Aliassime and Fritz met with a semifinal berth on the line in Turin. Auger-Aliassime, 22, was bidding to reach the semifinal in his ATP Finals debut but fell just short after Fritz handed him a 7-6 (4) 6-7 (5) 6-2 loss.
Auger-Aliassime played lots of tennis this year as he captured four titles, earned a spot at the ATP Finals, and finished the year with 57 victories. “It’s unfortunate. Myself, I had chances in the second set.
I had a clear chance on a return. Probably would have helped to win that set not in the tiebreak the way I did. After the second set, bad choices, bad execution some parts. Maybe I lost the focus a little bit. The fact that I’m tired, sometimes you don’t feel like you’re tired, but it’s late, you’ve played a lot.
I’ve played a long year. Sometimes without feeling, you make bad choices, few mistakes, double-faults, just because your brain is not as sharp. That’s what happened," Auger-Aliassime said after the match, as quoted on Tennis Majors.
Auger-Aliassime gave credit to Fritz
After winning the first set tie-break, Fritz also had a 4-2 lead in the second set tie-break. But Auger-Aliassime refused to quit as he won the second set tie-break to send the match into a decider.
Just when it seemed the momentum was on Auger-Aliassime's side, Fritz claimed back-to-back breaks in the sixth and eighth games of the third set to complete a three-set win. “I have to give credit to him because the way I came back in the second set, for him to stay present, to still play well in that third set, it’s a great effort from him,” Auger-Aliassime said of Fritz recovering from losing the second set.