Wimbledon: Michael Mmoh tops struggling Felix Auger-Aliassime

Lucky loser Michael Mmoh defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in four tight sets

by Jovica Ilic
Wimbledon: Michael Mmoh tops struggling Felix Auger-Aliassime

Felix Auger-Aliassime can not catch a break in 2023! The Canadian is 13-11 this season following the first-round Wimbledon loss to a lucky loser Michael Mmoh after a thriller. The American prevailed 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in four hours for his first Wimbledon victory and the third at Majors in 2023.

The quarter-finalist stayed in touch in the opening three sets, losing two tie breaks and experiencing a break at 4-5 in the fourth to hit the exit door after the first obstacle for the second straight year in London. Michael won 11 points more than Felix, playing better in the decisive moments and sealing the deal without playing the decider.

They both created five break chances, and Mmoh seized three while losing serve two times. Auger-Aliassime fired more winners and over 60 unforced errors, which cost him dearly. Mmoh held after deuces in the opener's games four and six, settling into a fine rhythm and following the rival's pace.

Michael Mmoh secured his first Wimbledon triumph over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

They reached 5-5 after four commanding holds on both sides before Felix played against the first break chance after a lengthy rain delay. The Canadian denied it with a service winner and secured a tie break.

The American grabbed two mini-breaks for a 5-2 advantage and forced the rival's mistake at 6-4 to clinch the opener after an hour. Both players served well again in the second set and reached 5-5 in no time. Auger-Aliassime delivered the encounter's first break of serve in the 11th game after a sharp return and a winner, serving for the set at 6-5.

The Canadian squandered two set points and got broken after a loose forehand for a major blow! However, Felix made a fresh start in the tie break and clinched it 7-4 to level the overall score after two hours and six minutes.

Mmoh denied two break points in the third set's fourth game, and they lost focus again at 5-5. Felix sprayed a volley error at the net and lost serve in the 11th game to push the rival in front. The Canadian bounced back at 5-6 and grabbed a break at 15 with a forehand winner for 6-6 and another tie break.

Auger-Aliassime built a 4-1 lead before fading from the court, dropping six straight points and allowing Mmoh to take the breaker 7-4 and create a massive advantage. Felix saved a break point early in the fourth set, and they looked good to introduce the fourth straight tie break.

The Canadian served to stay in the match at 4-5 and sprayed a forehand error to give the American a match point. Felix hit a double fault to end his campaign in the worst way and propel Michael into the second round.

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