Canadian teenage sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime admitted to feeling a bit nervous at the beginning of his Wimbledon second round match against rising French star Corentin Moutet. World No. 84 Moutet fought well against Auger-Aliassime but couldn't pull off a big surprise as the 19th-seeded Canadian escaped with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2 to set up a third round meeting against another Frenchman, Ugo Humbert.
Moutet, who came from two sets down to beat Grigor Dimitrov in the first round, recovered from a break down in the second set to level the match at a set a piece but Auger-Aliassime kept his focus as he won the following two sets to avoid an upset.
In the first meeting between the two -- which came at the Lyon Challenger last year -- Auger-Aliassime earned a straight-set win. "I think I felt a bit nervous at the start of the match," Auger-Aliassime said post-match, per The Canadian Press.
"I think the circumstances being that I’m looked at as a favourite for this match and it’s also something different. I have played him before, but it’s big stages, big moments, so obviously the nerves come in and you can’t go against it.
"I tried to manage as best as I could. I think I was able to play well every time I had (a) break point to save and take my opportunity when I needed to."