How Auger Aliassime won the match
Felix was in firm command in both sets. However, his opponent is an excellent clay court specialist that is having a rather good season especially after he won the title in Cordoba earlier in February. The Canadian got a healthy 4-1 lead in the first set, but later he was unable to serve out the set while leading 5-3. Things got a bit tense (5-5), but it was Felix to find the final break and win the opener 7-5.
The second set was somewhat similar. After Auger Aliassime broke his opponent in the 8th game (5-3), the Canadian was unable to convert 3 match points, and things got extremely complicated when the Argentine broke him back before holding (5-5). Eventually, the affair went to the breaker that Felix won at 5. The final score was 7-5 7-6 (5), and the match ended after 1 hour and 58 minutes.
Why Auger Aliassime was so good
Despite the fact that Felix scored 91 points vs. 74, the Canadian was extremely strong from a mental point of view to maintain his composure and not to fold after he failed to convert the 3 match points while on serve in the second set. That is a rather great sign of maturity for an 18-year-old.
Head to head Auger Aliassime vs. Alexander Zverev
Felix will face Sascha Zverev in the 2nd round. There is no head to head record since this will be the first match that they will play each other.
Sascha has recently expressed his admiration for Felix after an interview in Monte Carlo.
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