Canada's Auger-Aliassime upset by Lajovic at National Bank Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime talks about being eliminated from the National Bank Open and what he can take away from his play at the tournament.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime struggled at the National Bank Open in Toronto, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Wednesday.

The Montreal native hit six aces but made a number of unforced forehand errors.

Windy conditions made for a challenging match, Auger-Aliassime said

"I thought I could have done better in many moments, a few key points," he said. "There was a couple of points I think I let go too easy on him and in the end, that wasn't good enough."

Auger-Aliassime, who turned 21 on Sunday, double faulted on a break point to give Lajovic a 6-5 lead in the first set.

Lajovic broke the Canadian in the fourth game of the second set and never relinquished the lead.

"I just have to accept the situation. There's nothing more to do right now. It's OK," said Auger-Aliassime, who's No. 16 in the ATP rankings. "I feel like I can of course play better, I will play better in the future. The tennis season is a lot of tournaments, a lot of matches, ups and downs."

As the No. 9 seed in the tournament, Auger-Aliassime had a bye through to the second-round while Lajovic defeated Finland's Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to advance.

The pair had previously faced off at the 2020 Australian Cup, with Lajovic taking the quarterfinal match in straight sets.

Auger-Aliassime made it to the third round of the National Bank Open, formerly known as the Rogers Cup, back in 2019 before he was ousted from the competition by Russian Karen Khachanov.

The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian has had both highs and lows on the court recently.

He got to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in late July, then saw an abrupt end to his first Olympic experience. Auger-Aliassime faced Max Purcell in the opening round at the Tokyo Games and lost in straight sets to the 190th-ranked Australian.

The busy stretch hasn't been easy, Auger-Aliassime said.

"I just played a lot of tennis, even though I didn't win a lot of matches at the Olympics or the last week," he said. "There's a lot of travelling, a lot of practices, a lot of balls hit and maybe that's taken a bit of a toll on me, too. I don't know."

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., was set to open his tournament later on Wednesday against American Frances Tiafoe.

The 22-year-old Canadian comes in as the tournament's no. 5 seed.

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