ATP Indian Wells: Auger-Aliassime writes history books. De Minaur wins


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ATP Indian Wells: Auger-Aliassime writes history books. De Minaur wins

Super talented Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime has qualified for the main draw here at Indian Wells as the first player born in 2000 who got a chance to play in the Masters 1000 main draw and he didn't stop there, defeating fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-2 7-6 in an hour and 39 minutes to rewrite history books! 17-year-old Felix became the first player of his generation with an ATP win and the youngest since his compatriot Denis Shapovalov who stunned Nick Kyrgios in Toronto in 2016.

It was a very solid performance from the youngster, firing 11 aces and saving all three break points he faced to keep the pressure on Vasek. Pospisil has been in a good form so far in 2018, returning into the Top 100, but it wasn't enough today, serving at only 46% and getting broken twice from four opportunities he gave to Auger-Aliassime.

It was a rock solid start from Felix in the opening set, losing just four points on serve and breaking Vasek twice (he served at only 36%) for a 6-2. The youngster broke in the very first game of the match when Vasek netted a forehand and this gave him the confidence for the rest of the match.

Pospisil struggled to find his first serve and that cost him another break in game five when Felix moved 4-1 ahead, looking good to grab the opener in dominant fashion. He clinched it with a volley winner in game eight, moving a set away from a milestone win after just 31 minutes.

Vasek finally managed to make some damage on the return in game four of the second set but Felix was not to be denied, saving two break points with service winners to keep his serve intact and he could move in front in the following game, with two break points up for grabs.

Pospisil fends them off to stay in touch and he earned a set point on the return in game 12, that could change the course of the match in his favor. Auger-Aliassime erased it with an ace down the T line to set up a tie break where Vasek had an early 3-1 lead.

A backhand down the line winner brought Felix back to business and he leveled the score at 3-3 with a service winner. The decisive moment happened in the ninth point when Pospisil netted an easy forehand and the youngster earned two match point with yet another unreturned serve.

He wrapped up the win with a forehand down the line winner for a 7-4 and his first ATP win, reaching another milestone for 2000 generation just like he did in almost every segment in the last couple of seasons. Another teenager made a winning Masters 1000 debut, Australian Alex de Minaur who prevailed against Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6 7-6 7-6 in 2 hours and 34 minutes. Struff had nine aces but also nine double faults and he saved four out of five break points to limit the damage in his games and keep the pressure on Alex.

The Aussie served at only 51% but he managed to avoid troubles in his games, facing three break points and losing serve twice, playing better in both tie breaks to seize the win and reach the second round. De Minaur won just two points more in the end, keeping the number of errors low but also hitting a fewer number of winners than Jan-Lennard, and it basically all came down to the last few points in the final set tie break.

The first set was decided in the sixth game when Struff broke with a deep return, serving well in his games and closing the set with a service winner in game nine. Alex sailed through his service games in set number two and he had two set points on the return at 6-5.

Jan-Lennard saved them with two winners and he moved 4-3 ahead in the tie break after a double fault from Struff at 3-3. The youngster wrapped up the set with another mini-break in game 10 and the momentum was now on his side.

Alex seized the lead in the decider with a break in game five after a forehand error from Struff but the German erased the deficit with a break in game eight, leveling the score at 4-4 for more drama. Alex was more focused in the tie break, building a 5-2 advantage and achieving the win as the second player born in 1999 who notched Masters 1000 triumph after Denis Shapovalov. First round results:

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