World No. 44 Dusan Lajovic was happy with the way he performed against 16th-ranked Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Toronto Masters second round. Lajovic, a former world No. 23, stunned ninth-seeded Auger-Aliassime 7-5 6-4 to progress into the Toronto Masters second round.
Lajovic had the first break points of the match in the fifth game but failed to convert. However, Lajovic kept pressuring Auger-Aliassime's serve as he broke the Canadian in the 11th game before serving out for the opener in the 12th game.
In the second set, Lajovic saved a break point in the second game before breaking Auger-Aliassime in the third game to take a 2-1. Auger-Aliassime had a chance to break back Lajovic immediately in the following game but Lajovic saved a break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead.
Lajovic then routinely served out for the match in the 10th game as he realized his first match point. "I’m happy with the way that I was able to play from the beginning until the end," Lajovic said. “The game at 4-3 in the second set when I was serving was a really tricky one.
I’m happy that I had a little bit of luck in some moments but the most important thing was that was able to control the match and the way that I was able to make him uncomfortable”.
Auger-Aliassime had his chances against Lajovic
Auger-Aliassime regretted missing out on break chances in the second set.
"If you look at the match overall, especially in the second set, I felt like I had chances where I could have done better to get a break, to give myself a chance of maybe going three sets, but it is what it is," Auger-Aliassime said.
Lajovic plays next against Casper Ruud, who is coming off three consecutive titles win. It remains to be seen if Lajovic can pull off another upset.