Photo: Leo Correa, The canadian Press
Félix Auger-Aliassime bent down 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 to Serbian Laslo Djere Friday night in the quarterfinals of the tournament of São Paulo.
Félix Auger-Aliassime has been slowed down for the second time in two weeks by the Serbian Laslo Djere.
Auger-Aliassime, that points at the 60th largest in the world, bent the spine 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 before Djere Friday night in the quarterfinals of the tournament of São Paulo.
Djere, who occupies the 37th place in the ranking of the ATP, took two hours and three minutes to oust the Quebec. He will face in the semi-finals the Argentine Guido Pella. The latter has easily ousted his compatriot Marco Trungelliti 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Auger-Aliassime and Djere have managed five aces each, but the Canadian has committed seven double faults — compared to one for his opponent. He also converted four of his seven balls of breakage, but was not able to save that one in five occasions against Djere.
Things started off badly for Auger-Aliassime. Montreal’s 18-year-old, who is taking an eighth match in two weeks, conceded the first set after just 33 minutes of play. It seemed rough at times, which has opened the door to Djere.
Auger-Aliassime has, however, regained its composure in the second set, setting the table for the set ultimate.
Both players kept their service until the sixth game, when Djere has converted the first of his two balls breaks to take the lead 4-2. Auger-Aliassime and his rival then exchanged a point each, and Djere has converted the first of his two match balls to claim a place in the “carré d’as”.
Djere defeated in the final of the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, last week.