World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime wasn't happy at all with his performance against Dominik Koepfer in the Paris Masters second round. Auger-Aliassime, seeded at No. 9, lost to lucky loser Koepfer in straight-sets as the German claimed a 6-3 7-5 win.
Auger-Aliassime was up 3-2 after the opening five games of the set but then Koepfer claimed three consecutive breaks and won seven games in a row to take a 6-3 3-0 lead. Auger-Aliassime served out the fourth game to end Koepfer's seven-game run, before getting the break back in the seventh game.
Unfortunately for Auger-Aliassime, he got broken for the fifth time in the match in the 12th game when he was serving to stay in the match. "My game level was low. I served badly from the beginning to the end. I tried but was very low level, so I'm really disappointed," Auger-Aliassime said after the loss, per Tennis Now.
Auger-Aliassime suffers a big blow
Auger-Aliassime came to Paris hoping to make a major run and earn a place at the Nitto ATP Finals. However, Koepfer had other plans and he continued his so far great Paris run. In the first round, Koepfer saved seven match points to beat three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
“I didn’t deserve to win the match,” said Murray after the loss. “Obviously I had a ton of opportunities at the end, but the way that I was playing tonight was not good enough. “I found out [about the switch in opponent] post-practice, so that potentially could explain the slow start.
But then, once I was into the match, I just made mistake after mistake”. “It felt like at times I was missing a ton of first serves in a row, Didn’t hit my second serve well either, which the last couple of weeks has been better.
So there were a number of things that I didn’t do well enough tonight, and the reasons for that, I’m not sure”.