Canada's Auger-Aliassime ousted in opening round of Monte Carlo Masters

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada returns to John Isner during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Marta Lavandier/AP)

MONACO -- Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime is out of the Monte Carlo Masters after losing 7-6 (3), 6-1 to No. 16 seed Cristian Garin of Chile in the first round.

The match resumed Tuesday after rain suspended play with Auger-Aliassime leading 4-2 at the clay-court event on Monday.

Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, couldn't match Garin's service stats.

Garin won 76 per cent of points on first serve, while Auger-Aliassime was at 64. On second serve, Garin had the 61-45 percentage edge.

Auger-Aliassime also struggled with his forehand, making 28 unforced errors.

Ranked 21st in the world, Auger-Aliassime is gearing up for the French Open, where he was eliminated in the first round last year.

Garin will face Australia's John Millman in the second round.

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