Felix Auger-Aliassime reacts to surviving the Egor Gerasimov challenge

Auger-Aliassime recovered from a set down to beat Gerasimov.

by Dzevad Mesic
Felix Auger-Aliassime reacts to surviving the Egor Gerasimov challenge

World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime said he wasn't surprised by the level Egor Gerasimov showed as he was prepared for a tough match. Auger-Aliassime, seeded at No. 3, defeated qualifier Gerasmov 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the Rotterdam round-of-16.

“I was expecting it, I was ready for it, but at some points it was just a little bit too good,” said Auger-Aliassime, per the ATP website. “If he played like that for two sets in a row and beat me that would have been deserved, but at the end I found my way back and I served a little bit better, was more offensive, so I’m happy to find a way”.

Auger-Aliassime has played lots of tennis in 2022

Auger-Aliassime helped Canada win the ATP Cup and then made the Australian Open quarterfinal. “It’s part of the tour, I feel like when I step on the court, I forget everything else,” said Auger-Aliassime.

“I feel healthy and good physically. It’s good to play a lot of tennis, it means I’ve won a lot of matches”. Meanwhile, Marton Fucsovics joined Auger-Aliassime on the winners' circle as he beat Filip Krajinovic 3-6 6-3 6-2.

“I played the final here [last year], so I felt the pressure a little bit,” said Fucsovics after the match. “I started slow, so I had to find the rhythm, find my serve and the speed of my footwork. That helped me to win the match.

I’m very happy to be back, very happy to win the first round”. Fucsovics plays next against Tallon Griekspoor. “I think we practised together last year, and he [Griekspoor] was doing very well,” said Fucsovics.

“I know he’s a hard hitter, he’s a home favourite so I’m sure there will be a lot of people cheering for him. I hope to show my best tennis, that’s the most important for me”.

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