Teenage sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime has stunned world No.205 Darian King in the second round of the Granby Challenger in Canada. The Canadian player is currently participating in his first pro level main draw in Granby.
Facing King, who have claimed 4 Futures titles this year, Auger-Aliassime took the match 7-5, 6-3 to progress to his first Challenger Quarter-final. Following his win, the teenager spoke about his delight. “I am happy with the way I played tonight.
I followed the game plan that I established with my coaches”. Said Auger-Aliassime.
“I had trouble getting going after the rain delay, I was putting too much pressure on myself, but I was able to fight back”. Prior to his win over King, the 14-year-old became the youngest player in history to win a pro level match when he beat Australia's Andrew Whittington in the first round.
In the last eight the Canadian will play 4th seed Yoshihito Nishioka. Compared to Auger- Aliassime, Nishioka won his first challenger main draw match at the age of 18. Earlier this year Auger-Aliassime qualified for the main draw of the ATP Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada, becoming one of the youngest players in history to qualify for a main draw of a pro event.
He was, however forced to pull out before his first round match due to an abdominal strain. 43-shot rally between Auger-Aliassime and King Following his win, the teenager will rise inside the top 830 in the ATP rankings.
On the junior circuit, he is currently ranked 69th with a 2015 win-loss of 27-4. He has played in seven junior tournaments in 2015, winning two of them (both in Mexico). Besides his two Mexican triumphs, he has also reached the final at tournaments in France and the Netherlands.