Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime didn't want to be too down on himself after failing to serve out for the match against Lloyd Harris at the Merceces Cup in Stuttgart. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 21 in the world, was cruising toward a comfortable straight-set win over Harris but then he failed to serve out for the match.
However, Auger-Aliassime kept his focus as he beat Harris 6-3 7-6 (4). In the 2019 Wimbledon final, Federer blew two consecutive championship points against Novak Djokovic and ended up losing the final.
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“It’s not often you serve for the match with two match points and you lose it.
But I remember Federer’s final [at] Wimbledon two years ago and I thought to myself, ‘Well if it happens to him it can also happen to me, and I can try to find a way to win,’” Auger-Aliassime said, per the ATP website.
“We’re humans and it’s normal that sometimes the nerves get to us closing out a match. It was difficult for me at 5-4 to try to settle down again and find a way to get a good level and win the second set. But I think I did well.
“I’m happy the way the match ended. I think the most important is to win the last point of the match, so I did that, I played a great tie-break, so I can be happy with how I finished. And now I have an opportunity to fight for another win tomorrow”.
Auger-Aliassime was simply happy that he managed to pull off a win. “It was a good way to start for me. In the end, the most important is to find a way to win and to try to go to the next round and keep going in the tournament,” Auger-Aliassime said.
“I always feel comfortable on the grass, I think it suits my game well. Hopefully I can keep on winning and go really far this week and in the upcoming tournaments as well”.