World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas acknowledged that he and world No. 18 Felix Auger-Aliassime performed on a great level during their Acapulco quarterfinal clash. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 1, edged out rising Canadian star Auger-Aliassime in three sets 7-5 4-6 6-3 to reach his maiden semifinal in Acapulco.
Auger-Aliassime started the match with a break but Tsitsipas broke back in the sixth game to level the set three games apiece. The Greek then broke the Canadian in the 12th game to love to win a tight opener. Auger-Aliassime again claimed a break early on in the set but this time managed to hold on to his serve and force a decider.
In the third set, Tsitsipas broke Auger-Aliassime in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the following game. “It was a high-intensity match from both sides. We both played incredible tennis,” Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website.
“Generally I think I learnt from it. It's a good match to have on my portfolio. It's a good match to have in my ATP Tour history and growing an important rivalry with Felix with many more to come like this”.
Tsitsipas confident they could form a great rivalry
The head-to-head between Tsitsipas and Auger-Aliassime now stands at 3-2 in the Greek's favor. “Yes I think it would [become a great rivalry],” Tsitsipas said.
“I think there is plenty of [time for] both of us left on tour, which means we're definitely going to face each many more times and it’s important for our sport. “It's important we both share our own personalities and our own style of game, which adds so much to this game.
I also think it's important to have players like him that are very disciplined and very good at what they do, very calm on court”.