Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime admitted he didn't get much chances on Daniil Medvedev's serve and that made it extremely tough for him to on the winning side. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 15 in the world, was beaten in his maiden Grand Slam semifinal as Medvedev won 6-4 7-5 6-2 to reach the US Open final.
Auger-Aliassime claimed his first break of the match in the eighth game od the second set but failed to convert any of his two set points in the following game. After the match, Auger-Aliassime was asked what are the challenges of facing Medvedev.
"His serve, I didn't get a chance much. Just in that second set where he double-faulted on breakpoint. After when he was back at 5-4. Even at 5-2 when he served, he served a good game, then he broke me. I felt like he was back playing his best level," Auger-Aliassime said.
"He didn't give me much openings. Against a player like that, you don't really have room for mistakes, room for losing your focus, which I did at the end of the second. He took advantage of it and I didn't get another chance after that."
Auger-Aliassime felt it was unfortunate he didn't win the second set
I mean, when you're serving, you don't see as much openings. Mostly you just feel like, yeah, he's going to put one more ball back every time, he's going to make you work," Auger-Aliassime noted. "But I think I played the way, I mean, I should have played in that second set, when I was up a break, I felt like up 5-2, I was playing as good as I could play, coming in when I needed to, mixing up with serve and volleys.
"It's just unfortunate I couldn't close out the second set. I felt like, yeah, I was playing good. It would have been tough after to win even two other sets. At least if I gave myself a shot, it would have been more satisfying."