World No. 17 Felix Auger-Aliassime doesn't seem to be too concerned about his lower back issue as he expects to be fine for the US Open. Auger-Aliassime, who was hampered by a lower back issue during his Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal clash, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday night.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, handed a 6-2 5-7 6-1 loss to Auger-Aliassime to progress into the Cincinnati semifinal. While down 3-2 in the second set, Auger-Aliassime called a physio for his lower back issue. "Everything is fine.
Maybe it was an overload on my lower back. I didn't see these physical problems coming," Auger-Aliassime said, per We Love Tennis.
Auger-Aliassime not happy with the way match ended
Auger-Aliassime saved two match points in the 10th game of the second set, before earning his first break of the match in the following game.
The Canadian then realized his first set point in the following game to force a decider. After winning a tight second set, Auger-Aliassime shut down as Tsitsipas claimed two breaks and lost no service games to book a three-set win.
"It's frustrating because I played very poorly at the start of the third set and it gave Tsitsipas wings to open up the space and take the game," Auger-Aliassime noted. Before the match, Tsitsipas spoke positively of Auger-Aliassime and insisted it would not be easy against the Canadian.
"It's not that I find it easy playing against him. It's just, you know, few small moments that would determine the outcome of that match and details in which I was able to maybe, you know, kind of execute a better game plan than my opponent.
"So, you know, different day, different environment, different ambition." Tsitsipas saw Auger-Aliassime's serve as the biggest threat. "Well, his serve, for sure. Serving big. He has one of the, I think on the tour, one of the best first few shots after the serve. Gotta stick to that and be 100% there when getting returns into play," Tsitsipas noted.