Felix Auger-Aliassime reflects on shock Indian Wells exit



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Felix Auger-Aliassime reflects on shock Indian Wells exit

World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime arrived to the Indian Wells hoping to continue his great form but his campaign ended in the third round with a shock loss to Botic van de Zandschulp. Auger-Aliassime, seeded at No. 9, saved match points in the second set to force a decider but van de Zandschulp kept his focus to beat the Canadian 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 6-3.

It was the second meeting between the two and van de Zandschulp's first win over Auger-Aliassime. Auger-Aliassime beat van de Zandschulp when they first met in Stockholm late last year. "It was a long match so there are many moments that I kind of look back on and regret, but I think once it was one set all, I think I needed to have a much better start in the third set considering that I had the momentum back," Auger-Aliassime said, per the ATP website.

"[That was] very poor for me to lose that first game [in the third set] the way I did."

Auger-Aliassime forced a decider but van de Zandschulp kept his focus

Van de Zandschulp had three match points on Auger-Aliassime's serve in the 12th game of the second set.

Two of those three match points were consecutive but van de Zandschulp failed to convert as Auger-Aliassime forced a tie-break, which he won to send the match into a decider. After losing the second set, van de Zandschulp broke Auger-Aliassime in the first and ninth game of the third set to book a three-set win.

"Of course you're a little bit frustrated if you have match points in the second set. It's not like I missed any shots, but he played some great points," van de Zandchulp said. "It's a little bit easier than when you are missing chances.

I thought I was playing well and that's how I continued in the third." Van de Zandschulp plays next Miomir Kecmanovic.