ATP Gstaad: Winning start for Auger-Aliassime and Munar

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by Jovica Ilic
ATP Gstaad: Winning start for Auger-Aliassime and Munar

The 17-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime has been playing on clay since April and he earned some nice wins along the way, moving closer and closer towards the place inside the Top 100 as the first player born in 2000 who will would that.

After winning his first ATP match on clay last week in Umag, Felix has grabbed another one today, ousting Guido Andreozzi 6-3 7-6 in an hour and 31 minutes for the place in the second round after a rock solid performance. The super talented Canadian had to play against only two break points and he gave his serve away only once, forcing Andreozzi to follow that pace.

The Argentinian was below that level, dropping 40% of the points in his games to suffer two breaks from five chances he offered to Auger-Aliassime, unable to match rival's pace in the most important points. The first set was fast and fluid, lasting only 29 minutes and being decided in the sixth game when Felix broke for a 4-2 lead.

He saved a break point in the next game to confirm the break and extend the advantage and he held at love in game nine (the fourth hold without a point lost) to take the opener 6-3 after an ace. Guido saved two break points at the start of the second set but Auger-Aliassime found the way to break him in game three after a forehand down the line winner, making another big step towards the finish line.

Andreozzi pulled the break back immediately when Felix's forehand landed long and they both served well in the remaining games to set up a tie break. Auger-Aliassime moved 4-3 ahead after a forehand winner and he blasted a backhand down the line winner in the next game to create a crucial gap, sealing the deal with a service winner in the ninth point for the place in the second round.

After losing the last three matches he has played, Jaume Munar is back on the winning path here in Gstaad, demolishing a qualifier Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1 6-0 in just 67 minutes to join Felix in the second round. The younger Spaniard was the dominant figure on the court, losing nine points on serve and saving the only break points he faced to keep his service games intact.

He was equally dominant on the return as well, winning almost 60% of the points on Menendez-Maceiras' serve and creating 15 break chances, converting five to stay in front all the time. Munar sailed through his service games in the opening set and he broke in games four and six for a commanding 6-1 lead.

There was nothing Adrian could do to stop his downfall and he suffered three breaks in the second set to barely survive on the court for over an hour against the impressive rival who will now face another Spaniard, the 2nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut. First round results:


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