Felix Auger-Aliassime fizzles dropping 5-sets to Medvedev in Aussie Slam



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Felix Auger-Aliassime fizzles dropping 5-sets to Medvedev in Aussie Slam

"..I can't regret the effort that I put in and the chances I gave myself," Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime truthfully said after losing a 5-setter to Russia's Daniil Medvedev. The no. 9 ATP player was ahead by two sets and felt himself sailing slowly into the finish line with a major upset and win, but then things happened.

There was a short rain delay while the roof was closing and that partially made all the difference in the momentum and the match for both players. Auger-Aliassime sensed that he was on a good trek of winning the round and did see small chances for himself to break through but just didn't take the opportunities.

Medvedev wasn't moving well, felt overheated and exhausted. He knew the match was in jeopardy for him as he was looking at two lost sets and started getting nervous. "He was all over me. I didn't really know what to do," the Russian said nervously.

On the other hand, Felix started to get jittery too, hoping once the roof is closed could he maintain the same persona. But it didn't happen. The air conditioning was turned on and it cooled Medvedev off enough to maintain more composure and get into the groove of a game that was failing him.

But for Auger-Aliassime, his gameplay turned cool and his serve that was blazing was not so effective. This third set had proven to be a disaster for Felix and he fought mentally on how he could turn things around. He wanted to be productive as the first two sets but unfortunately, it was difficult to get to that level again.

The Medvedev mentality took over and he pushed the third set into a tiebreak of which he won. This propelled the Russian to start taking his opportunities on a now weakened Canadian. It was match point in the third set for Felix at 5-4 nearly ready to win this thing, but Medvedev slammed a winning serve and soon won the set.

It was downhill from there for the Canadian. In the fifth set he had to be attended by a trainer for a re-wrapping of his ankle. Felix's mental stamina though had become dodgy after that. The chances he had to pick up his game, the Russian wouldn't allow him to.

After four hours Daniil Medvedev proved to be the winner, pulling out a match that literally he had very few chances to win. The 5-exhausting sets of 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the Russian's favor had proved less to not only him but his 21-year old Canadian opponent. "I would have loved to win...it sucks to lose in the end, but that's life. I just need to accept it."