Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime was happy with the performance he delivered against Andy Murray as he perfectly executed his game plan. Auger-Aliassime, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world, saw off 6-3 6-4 to reach the Rotterdam quarterfinal.
It was the second meeting between Auger-Aliassime and Murray. Auger-Aliassime also routinely beat Murray when they clashed as the US Open in 2020. “From the start of the match I was ready and focused and I think that is why I was able to produce a high level from the first point,” Auger-Aliassime said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“He made me bring out my best tennis and I am really happy with the way I played and that I was able to stay ahead. [To] win in straight sets is a great relief”.
Auger-Aliassime routinely handled Murray
Auger-Aliassime made a stunning start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to open a 4-0 lead.
Murray got one break back in the fifth game to get on the board and saved a break point in the following game to further reduce the deficit to 4-2. However, Auger-Aliassime regained his focus as he kept on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
Auger-Aliassime pressured Murray's serve early on in the second set but the Briton managed to save a break point in the opening game of the set. Auger-Aliassime claimed the first break of the second set in the third game but got broken back immediately in the following game.
Getting broken back didn't impact Auger-Aliassime as he broke Murray again in the fifth game. After breaking Murray in the fifth game, Auger-Aliassime routinely held on to his serve the rest of the match to book a straight-set win.
Auger-Aliassime will be fighting against Cameron Norrie for a place in the Rotterdam semifinal. Auger-Aliassime is aiming to lift his maiden ATP title this week. Auger-Aliassime came close to winning his first ATP title in Rotterdam two years ago. Bacl then, Auger-Aliassime finished runner-up in the Rotterdam final to Gael Monfils.