After a run to the final at the Murray River Open, Félix Auger-Aliassime rolls on The Montreal player scored a convincing 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 2 win against the Australian James Duckworth to win at the Australian Open to reach its first round of 32

That’s great, isn’t it? Now he’s ready to meet his pal and compatriot Denis Shapovalov on the third round of Richmond Hill, Ont, the native Australian defeated another Australian, Bernard Tomic, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

“It’s not the first time, it’s not the last time we’re playing,” said Auger-Aliassime, noting that the duo played together in the Davis Cup and the 2020 ATP Cup. “It’s every time the same we are teammates Of course it is a great opportunity for both of us to play against each other now – we have also played in Grand Slams before. It’s an important game We will play as hard as possible “

Canada’s rising men’s stars have beaten each other three times at the 2019 ATP Tour in Madrid and twice at the U Open – along with a couple of games that grew up in Canada

“I think I first met him when I was 8,” said Auger-Aliassime. “They took the best players under 12 and we had some, they call them national camps I think that was the first time I met him in Toronto He was already playing with an adult racket, a one-handed backhand, at the age of 9 I remember it being pretty impressive the first time I saw him I’m still impressed of what he does “

Shapovalov holds a 2-1 tour record against Auger-Aliassime, whose only win in Spain was on clay. Twelfth Shapovalov won both games at the Grand Slam in New York, although the first win was a walkover after Auger -Aliassime had to retire because of an increased heartbeat

“Excited to play Félix but for me it’s like any other game,” Shapovalov said. “You know, sooner or later you will meet Canadians in the draw. Canadians never want to play Canadians but in the end it happens so often we treat it the same way “

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Auger-Aliassime drove through his match, firing 19 aces and winning 81 percent of the points on his first serve. The 20-year-old, who played in his second main draw in Melbourne, scored 38 winners, two of which returned after Duckworth’s serve Was it his cleanest game? No, he had 23 unforced errors (five more than his Australian opponent) and 26 forced errors

“I served well I didn’t have a breakpoint – that was the key,” said the No. 20 seed (world No. 19) said after the game “I can protect my serve, I give myself options. When I return I could myself Adjust well, change my position, mix things up and just create opportunities. It was a very complete game

As for Shapovalov (21), his straight win, apart from a few tense moments, was pretty easy while it only took him seven games and 23 minutes to win the opening set – with one of the best points coming from a shot with The result was a running forehand, which went across the square into the open square – the second set was a little more stressful

Denis Shapovalov has so far been completely unconcerned against Bernard Tomic, quickly 6-1
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In the first game, Shapovalov saved two breakpoints before receiving an ad that he couldn’t benefit from, Tomic then had two more breakpoints that the Canadian saved before he could close them – a total of 14 points to get 1-0 to win

Go to Game # 2 Shapovalov struggled back from 40-15 to get things under control before securing four chances from Tomic for the game. Shapovalov then had a chance but he hit a casual mistake on one Forehand Approach Shot Tomic then had two chances to win the game, but Shapovalov held them off before taking advantage of the trade that Tomic eventually took advantage of. Twenty-four points later it was 1-1

Game No. 3 was another sucker, the 21-year-old saved a breakpoint and had five chances to close Tomic’s one – he made two mistakes on two different game points – before winning points 19 and 20 of the game after which Shapovalov crossed through to take the match

“I just took it one point at a time,” said Shapovalov, who is 12th and 11th. “Of course I knew the games were long but I didn’t try to focus on them how long they were I was just trying to break or try to hold on my serve I’m just focusing on the next point

“This is tennis. That makes the sport interesting. It could be very fast games if you are Daniil Medvedev and you play four aces, but it could also take a long time if you are Denis or Bernard today,” he said with a laugh

Now the focus is shifting for both players in a possible career moment. Auger-Aliassime has only reached a Grand Slam round of 16 once he did it at the 2020 US Open, where he lost to eventual champion Dominic Thiem, Shapovalov, the statesman about eight months older, has his eyes on a trip to the quarter-finals for the second time at a Grand Slam

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