ATP Toronto: Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime dream big at home. Cilic wins

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ATP Toronto: Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime dream big at home. Cilic wins

The 17-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime, the youngest player in this year's Rogers Cup draw, has claimed his last win before turning 18, ousting Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 17 minutes for his second Masters 1000 win. Playing outside clay for the first time since Miami qualifying, Felix lost just 16 points in 10 service games against the struggling Frenchman, saving five out of six break points and winning 40% of the return points to go through in straight sets.

Lucas has played another poor match, losing the ground after missing the first serve and getting broken thrice from six chances he offered to the youngster to hit another early exit. Auger-Aliassime had 25 winners and 16 unforced errors while Pouille stood on a negative 14-20 ratio, unable to follow Felix's pace in the shortest points up to four strokes.

Lucas wasted a game point in game two and he got broken after a double fault, although he had a chance to pull the break back immediately, creating three break points in the next game. The Canadian remained focused and he won the next five points with four winners to make a hold and increase his gap to 3-0.

Pouille saved a break point at 1-4 with a forehand winner and he got another opportunity to erase the deficit in the game that followed, only to be denied by a perfect backhand down the line winner from Felix who moved 5-2 ahead with a service winner.

Serving for the set at 5-3, Auger-Aliassime had to save another break point, painting the line with a forehand winner but losing serve two points later to keep Pouille in the opener. Lucas' efforts were in vain though, sending a forehand long in game 10 to lose serve once again, handing the set to his rival after 48 minutes.

Carried by this momentum, the Canadian has lost just two points on serve in set number two and he broke Pouille in the fourth game after a terrible volley from the Frenchman. Three winners propelled Felix 4-1 up and he hit another four winners to keep the advantage in game seven.

A teenager sealed the deal with three service winners in game nine, wrapping up his maiden ATP win in front of the home crowd and setting the second round clash with Daniil Medvedev. Tuesday's results:


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