World No. 10 Felix Auger-Aliassime says it has been a "long season" for him as he is trying to rediscover his form from the start of the year. Auger-Aliassime made a strong start to the year as he led Canada to their first ATP Cup title and then reached the Australian Open quarterfinal.
In February, Auger-Aliassime won his maiden ATP title in Rotterdam before he ended runner-up in Marseille. Auger-Aliassime, who was hoping to do well at the Sunshine Double, lost his openers in Indian Wells and Miami. At the start of the clay season, Auger-Aliassime suffered a round-of-16 loss in Marrakech and also picked up a defeat in his Monte Carlo opener.
Auger-Aliassime reached the Barcelona quarterfinal last week and has been now through to the Estoril quarterfinal. "I was one of the best players of the year for the first two months and then had a couple of bad months, some bad losses.
It feels like the year has been so long!" Auger-Aliassime reflected, per Jose Morgado.
Auger Aliassime. "I was one of the best players of the year for the first two months and then had a couple of bad months, some bad losses.
It feels like the year has been so long!" — José Morgado (@josemorgado) April 28, 2022
Auger-Aliassime avoided a shock loss
After a first round bye, No. 1 seed Auger-Aliassime kicked off his Estoril campaign on Thursday.
Auger-Aliassime made a slow start to the match but recovered to beat Carlos Taberner 1-6 6-2 6-2. “It was windy today,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I was not patient in the first set, going for too much. I changed my mindset in the second set.
I was ready to leave my body on the line and battle it out, rally after rally. I got a little bit more confident as the match went on. He is a tricky opponent on clay, he makes you work”. Auger-Aliassime is now set for a tough task as he plays Sebastian Korda next.
Auger-Aliassime and Korda are set to meet for the second time on the ATP Tour. Last year, Auger-Aliassime defeated Korda in Acapulco. Auger-Aliassime hasn't played well over the last tow months but a strong run in Estoril would lift his confidence and help him ahead of the Masters events in Madrid and Rome.