Canada’s Auger-Aliassime books spot in Estoril Open quarterfinals

Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, returns a shot from Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the quarterfinals of the Estoril Open tennis tournament with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Carols Tabener on Thursday.

Auger-Aliassime, the top seed at the ATP 250 clay-court event, struggled in the first set, winning just 38 per cent of first-serve points despite being accurate on his first serve 91 per cent of the time. He saved just one of the four break-point chances he faced.

The match turned around in the second set when Auger-Aliassime won 60 per cent of service points and 58 per cent of return points while breaking Tabener three times on six chances.

Auger-Aliassime saved his best set for last, winning 92 per cent of first-serve points and 84 per cent of service points overall. He did not face break point in the third set, and converted two of the five break-point chances he had against Tabener.

Auger-Aliassime improved his career record to 2-0 over Tabener, with both wins coming this year.

The Montrealer will face Sebastian Korda of the United States on Friday.

Auger-Aliassime, ranked 10th in the world, had a bye in the first round before knocking off the world No. 92.

The Montreal native will face world No. 37 Sebastian Korda of the United States in the quarterfinals.

Auger-Aliassime won their only previous meeting last year on a hard-court at a tournament in Mexico.

–with files from Sportsnet staff

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