Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime loses second-round match at Marseille

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a forehand return to Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP)

MARSEILLE — Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated in the second round of the Open 13 Provence tournament on Thursday after dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to China’s Zhang Zhizhen. 

Auger-Aliassime, the No. 7 seed from Montreal, fell in one hour 28 minutes. 

Zhang, ranked 50th in the world, converted three of four break-point opportunities.

He took advantage of a mediocre serving performance by the Canadian, who won 67 per cent of first-serve points and 42 per cent of second-serve points.

The only other Canadian in the ATP 250 tournament, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was eliminated in the first round.

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